A recent study by the American Heart Association has significantly lowered the national average on “door-to-balloon” times for angioplasty patients.
The national study, recently published in the August 2011 release of Circulation:  Journal of the American Heart Association, stated that between 2005 and 2010 average times adjusted down from 96 to 64 minutes.
Good Shepherd Medical Center is proud to announce our own record of success with lower “door-to balloon” times, with our average time being under 57 minutes during the last year (July 2010 to June 2011).
For heart attack patients, angioplasty should always be performed as fast as possible. Angioplasty is often referred to as “ballooning” due to the use of a catheter, a thin balloon-tipped tube, which is inserted into the heart vessel to restore blood flow. The “door-to-balloon” time measures the critical time spent between from hospital arrival until treatment of the blockage.
Good Shepherd has found that between July 2010 and June 2011 they have had a door-to-balloon time average of 56.58 minutes. This set of data ranged from an outstanding low of 44 minutes in May 2011 and only one outlying month reaching above 67 minutes, back in January 2011 with 76 minutes.
“Good Shepherd is extremely proud to continue to raise the standard for cardiac excellence both in East Texas and beyond,” said Ed Banos, CEO of Good Shepherd Medical Center.
There are nearly a quarter million heart attack cases requiring ballooning annually in the United States alone, for more information on Good Shepherd Cardiology or for a physician referral, please call the Good Shepherd Healthy Hotline at (903) 315-GSHS (4747) or toll free at (888) 784-GSHS (4747).