Heart Month: Wyoming Medical Center's heart care is among the best in the country
By Kristy Bleizeffer Feb 12, 2016
WATCH: Cardiologist Dr. Adrian Fluture explains how Wyoming Medical Center's door-to-balloon time puts us in the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of the most serious forms of heart attack.
In the treatment of heart attacks, time means muscle: The quicker a blocked vessel is opened, the less muscle tissue dies and the better chance a patient has at survival. Recent data from the American College of Cardiology's National Cardiovascular Data Registry shows that Wyoming Medical Center has among the fastest treatment times in the country.
The American College of Cardiology recommends less than 90-minutes in door-to-balloon time - the time from when a patient arrives at the Emergency Room to the time a balloon is inflated in the blocked vessel. Wyoming Medical Center's door-to-balloon time is 45 minutes, well within the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country. (The top 10 percent cutoff is 48 minutes.)
In this video, Dr. Adrian Fluture, interventional cardiovascular specialist at Wyoming Medical Center and Wyoming Cardiopulmonary Services, explains the protocols adopted to shave as many minutes as possible from our door-to-balloon time, cut mortality rates 25 to 50 percent below national averages, and how calling 911 can at first signs of a heart attack can give patients an even better chance of survival.
Dr. Fluture specializes in cardiology, interventional cardiology and vascular/endovascular medicine at Wyoming Cardiopulmonary, 1230 E. First St., in Casper. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and vascular medicine; and CT Angiography. He is also Director of Regional Myocardial Infarction Care at Wyoming Medical Center. For more information or referrals, call (307) 266-3174.