Rylstone patient 300th to benefit from lifesaving heart program

A Rylstone patient was the 300th person statewide to benefit from a new program which aims to save people from dying of a heart attack.

The “Pre-hospital Lysis program” allows paramedics to send an ECG (a simple test that records electrical activity in the heart) directly to a cardiologist as soon as they suspect a heart attack.

This gives the patient immediate access to a specialist, so that a diagnosis can be made within minutes of the paramedics arriving.

If a heart attack is confirmed, paramedics can give immediate life-saving treatment (Lysis), wherever the patient may be.

The program has assisted 35 people in western NSW in the first six months of operation.

The “Pre-Hospital Lysis program” Western NSW Local Health District Cardiologist Dr Ruth Arnold said early diagnosis can improve the chance of recovery and survival in heart attack patients, which is especially important in rural and remote areas.

“Time is crucial when it comes to diagnosing and treating a heart attack successfully,” she said.

“Once a heart attack is confirmed by the ECG, the paramedics can provide appropriate treatment in the form of “lysis” or thrombolysis (clot busting medication to dissolve the blockage in the coronary artery), before the patient is transported to the best place for their further care and treatment.

Thrombolysis treatment involves dissolving the clot and opening up the heart artery, improving the chance that the person’s heart will remain normal and undamaged. This treatment is most effective if given within the first 60 minutes of a heart attack. In some rural areas it can take 30 to 60 minutes to even get a patient to the closest hospital.

This program makes each ambulance into a mobile coronary treatment unit and brings specialist care to the patient.

People are reminded that they should call Triple Zero immediately for an ambulance if they experience the following symptoms:

• Tightness, heaviness, pressure or pain in the chest, neck, jaw, back or arms;

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, especially if these symptoms come on quickly;

• Sweating, dizziness, nausea, or epigastric discomfort.

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