American Heart Association
4701 W. 77th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55435
Mindy Cook, RN
Mission: Lifeline Director
FAX (952) 835-5828
Heart disease is the number one killer in North Dakota and nationwide annually. This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI. Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs commonly referred to as thrombolytics or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the latter being the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.
Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.
In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in North Dakota. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.
North Dakota has 53 counties covering 69,000 square miles; currently there are six PCI centers located in four communities (Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot).
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