Barbados: Life-saving plea from doc

WITH BARBADOS RECORDING more than 30 heart attacks each month, and two out of every five victims dying before they reach an emergency room, a visiting cardiology specialist is recommending that the island drastically change its emergency procedures for treating all suspected cases.
Dr Dean Heller, who practises at the Baptist Hospital in Miami and spent the last week in Barbados consulting at the Sparman Clinic in Belleville, believes more lives could be saved and the island’s medical bill drastically cut if there was an angioplasty centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) to which every arriving suspected case was sent. He told the MIDWEEK NATION in an exclusive interview that this approach in the United States, where the overwhelming number of people who suffer heart attacks were treated with angioplasty, had proven to be extremely successful in saving lives and expenses, with one hour being the target time for having each patient in treatment. (RRM) – See more at:

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