Methodist Charlton and Dallas Fire-Rescue Set New 13-Minute Record for Fast Heart Attack Care

Lost time is lost muscle when it comes to a heart attack. The heart muscle will die if blood flow is not restored quickly. Methodist Charlton Medical Center recently set another record for fast heart attack care with a door-to-balloon (D2B) time of just 13 minutes.

D2B time is measured from the patient’s arrival in the emergency department to the opening of the blocked artery following a severe heart attack. Thirteen minutes is a record not only for Methodist Charlton but also for southern Dallas County. Methodist Charlton’s average D2B time is 54 minutes, which beats the national average of 60 minutes.

“The fast response was a result of great teamwork between Dallas Fire-Rescue 46, and Methodist Charlton’s emergency and cardiac catheterization teams,” says Chief of Cardiology Roberto Wayhs, MD, FACC, FSCAI, an independently practicing cardiologist on the Methodist Charlton medical staff who treated the patient. Paramedics who arrived at the scene performed an EKG on the patient and immediately transmitted it to Methodist Charlton’s catheterization lab within one minute. “By the time the patient arrived by ambulance, our emergency room and catheterization lab teams were already waiting and ready to expedite the patient’s transfer to the catheterization lab for life-saving treatment.”

The patient was a long-distance truck driver from Kentucky who happened to be in Dallas making a delivery. The patient had nothing but praise for the EMS crew and Methodist Charlton team, saying if he ever had to get sick again, he would want to come back to Methodist Charlton.

Methodist Charlton EMS Liaison Dudley Wilcoxson adds, “We are very proud to work with all the EMS providers in our community to make this outstanding heart attack care available to our citizens in southern Dallas County.”

The cardiology team at Methodist Charlton continues to be a top performer for heart attack care. The team recently received the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) NCDR ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014, one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award signifies that Methodist Charlton has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients according to the high standards outlined by the ACCF and American Heart Association.

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Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Lynette Wilkinson, APR