In this case, “sooner” meant that the time between when the ambulance reached Southside Hospital’s doors and when Syed was having his blocked artery opened was 33 minutes. That’s almost an hour faster than the national guideline for hospitals.
“The Southside Emergency Medicine team worked diligently and swiftly to manage Syed’s heart attack upon his arrival and got him ready for the procedures he imminently needed,” explained Puneet Gandotra, MD, vice chair of Cardiology at Southside Heart & Lung. “He was then brought to the cardiac catheterization lab with a closed artery. The team worked quickly to open up his artery and provide the relief he needed to stop the heart attack.”
Thanks to the coordinated response from the emergency medical services workers, the emergency department and the cardiac team (ranked among the top 10% in the country for coronary interventional procedures by Healthgrades in 2019), Syed had minimal damage to his heart muscle and was discharged from the hospital two days later. He’s grateful to his entire care team at Southside Hospital.
“Dr. Gandotra was very nice, which was so helpful during this otherwise stressful situation,” said Syed. “I feel strong now and my heart is much more stable. They did a very good job.”
In recognition of its high-quality care of people with severe heart attacks, Southside Hospital received the 2018 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Award. Southside was the first hospital on Long Island to achieve this designation.