Vim & Vigor - Spring 2011 - North Mississippi - (Page 8)

y rMinute e v E Counts With heart attacks, making the most of every minute matters. That’s why NMMC is treating you in less time than ever before orth Mississippi Medical Center staff has been working intently for several years to reduce treatment time for heart attack victims, and its hard work is paying big dividends for patients. The time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and reperfusion (restored blood flow) is called the doorto-balloon time. Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology recommend a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes or less for patients experiencing ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), or a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery. CONTiNuED ON PAgE 49 N NMMC Joins a Statewide Effort North Mississippi Medical Center is a founding member of the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance, a network of hospitals and cardiologists throughout Mississippi designed to improve treatment for heart attack victims statewide. “This group’s purpose is to set a standard form of therapy that all heart attack patients should receive, and to improve access to heart catheterization labs around the state,” explains Barry Bertolet, M.D., a cardiologist who leads NMMC’s door-to-balloon team and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance. “Our goal is to save lives and improve outcomes. Mississippi would be second only to North Carolina in developing a statewide initiative such as this.” 8 Vim & Vigor • SP R I N G 2 011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2011 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2011 - North Mississippi
Table of Contents
Opening Thoughts
Pump It Up
Heart of the Matter
Every Minute Counts
A Workout for Every Mood
Don’t Fail Your Heart
If Your Bones Could Talk
Healthy Travels
Over 40 and Fabulous
Do-It-Yourself Health?
Fighting Words
Balancing Act
Giving & Getting
Brighten Up
Welcome Aboard
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2011 - North Mississippi