North Texans should be comforted to know that some of the
country's best acute heart-attack care can be found right in
their own backyard.
Texas Health Dallas was the first hosptial in the city to receive
Cycle IV Chest Pain Accreditation from the Society of
Cardiovascular Patient Care, a prestigious designation attained
after meeting stringent evaluation. The hospital has also
received accreditation for emergency stroke care by the Joint
Commission. Several Texas Health hospitals have been named Cycle
III Chest Pain Centers - the highest accreditation for
heart-attack treatment. The honor means that Texas Health
hospitals rank among the best in the country for rapid
recognition and collaborative treatment of heart attacks. Learn
The goal of Cycle III Chest Pain accreditation is to reduce the
mortality rate of patients, reduce the time that it takes for
patients to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and
effectiveness of treatment.
Nationally, accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is
linked to better patient outcomes and more lives saved, according
to a national study published in the American Journal of
Cardiology in July 2008.
We are working to advance the speed and accuracy at which
heart-attack patients in North Texas are diagnosed and treated.
From the time the 911 call is made, a series of steps takes place
to care for the heart-attack patient, from a field assessment by
emergency responders all the way to activation of our cardiac
cath team at the hospital.
Beyond chest pain accreditation
Some Texas Health hospitals are recognized as Cycle III Chest
Pain Centers with PCI. Percutaneous coronary intervention, or
PCI, is the most advanced surgical intervention for heart-attack
patients who do not respond to medications. The procedure is
offered at large medical centers with leading technologies and
highly trained physicians and nurses. The procedure involves
inserting a wire into the leg artery of a heart-attack patient,
then guiding it through the maze of abdominal and thoracic
arteries to the site of the blockage. A tiny balloon on the tip
of the wire is then inflated to open the coronary artery and
restore blood flow to the heart. Often called a cardiac "cath"
procedure, PCI is one of the numerous treatment options offered
at Texas Health facilities.
Not only are many of our hospitals chest-pain accredited, but at
Texas Health we are continually striving to raise the bar for how
quickly heart-attack patients are transported and treated. It's a
simple fact that the more quickly a heart attack is treated, the
lower the potential damage to the heart muscle. Research shows
that preserving more heart muscle helps patients survive the
heart attack and improves their long-term survival and quality of
life. Many of our hospitals routinely beat the national target of
90 minutes for door-to-balloon time: That's the amount of time
from the moment a cardiac patient arrives at the ER until
physicians successfully open the blocked artery with a minimally
invasive cath procedure. At Texas Health, the physicians on the
medical staff supported by our employee professionals have
successfully treated heart-attack patients with a cath procedure
in as little as 28 minutes from the time they arrive.