Why Is Time Critical During a Cardiac Event?

Time is one of the most pressing elements during a cardiac incident.

About 47 percent of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This suggests that a lot of people with heart disease don't act on early warning signs of a coming problem.

When Delafield resident Ken Denison started having heart attack symptoms, he called 911 immediately and was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Summit. Only 21 minutes had passed from the time he arrived at the hospital until the time his artery was opened with a balloon.

Mr. Denison had his artery opened with a stent, a common procedure today to allow blood to begin to flow more naturally.

In less than an hour — from the time he began to experience symptoms to the time his procedure was over — Mr. Denison was resting in bed and on the road to recovery.

Watch the video to see his entire story.

In the event of a heart attack, immediate cardiac care is needed (and quick!) to open clogged arteries and get blood flowing normally again.

It’s important to know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack. It’s especially important to dial 911 when these symptoms arise so you can receive immediate medical attention.

Time is critical, so don’t delay. Make the call right away.

Meet the Author

Krishna Kumar, MD, FACC is a board certified cardiologist at Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

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