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A Doorway to Lifesaving Care

With several advances in technology and the availability of specialized cardiac care, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman is emerging not only as a hospital rooted in community care, but also a destination for a wide breadth of heart and vascular care.

By car, the trip from Texas Health Kaufman to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas would take almost an hour. Because patients
experiencing acute myocardial infarction -- or heart attack -- don’t have that kind of time to spare, the Emergency Department (ED) at Texas Health Kaufman is equipped to initiate lifesaving care before providing rapid transport to Texas Health Dallas by air ambulance if necessary.

Such a high level of care is made possible by the immediate evaluation performed in accordance with the ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) protocol observed in the ED. This process helps ensure STEMI patients at Texas Health Kaufman begin undergoing cardiac catheterization within 90 minutes of their arrival at the ED.

“When patients arrive in the ED, Texas Health Kaufman staff members begin the same process that would take place at a tertiary care cardiac hospital,” says Jeff Butterfield, M.D., medical director of the ED at Texas Health Kaufman. “This is essentially a doorway to lifesaving care. It’s an exciting process.”

The time-sensitive nature of heart attacks and strokes is also being addressed through a continual review of patients’ charts and Texas Health Kaufman’s pursuit of Cycle III Chest Pain accreditation.

STEMI protocol at Texas Health Kaufman is a collaborative effort between local care providers -- such as those with the Emergency
Medical System and the ED -- and the interventional cardiology staff at Texas Health Dallas. In addition, James Park, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of the Catheterization Lab at Texas Health Dallas and director of the Heart and Vascular program for Texas Health Resources, recently began seeing patients at Texas Health Kaufman two days a week to offer lifestyle modification counseling and interventional therapy for those with coronary artery and heart diseases.

“We are passionate about taking a regional approach to heart and vascular care,” Dr. Park says. “The focus allows specialists from other Texas Health hospitals to connect with the Kaufman community and extend the overall mission of Texas Health Resources.”

The World Health Organization cites cardiovascular disease as the cause of 17 million deaths each year. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman and the heart and vascular screening program can help you avoid becoming part of that number. The program is offered at Texas Health Kaufman each quarter to provide education and lifestyle modification assistance.

Being aware of risk factors (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and Type 2 diabetes) and the measures
useful in decreasing your risk (like a balanced diet, regular exercise and smoking cessation) are important to maintaining a healthy heart. Early detection through heart and vascular screenings also allows you and your primary care physician to strengthen your heart’s defense and potentially prevent a life-threatening cardiac event.

Schedule your next vascular screening at Texas Health Kaufman by calling 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

Fall/Winter 2011

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