Heart Attack Symptoms | Blair MacPhail | Goshen Heart & Vascular

Heart Attack Symptoms | Blair MacPhail | Goshen Heart & Vascular

August 29, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


My name’s Blair MacPhail. I’m an Interventional Cardiologist at Goshen
Health. How do you pick up on someone having a heart
attack? So you look for certain symptoms or complaints. If you have someone who is having shortness
of breath or chest pressure, tightness or other chest pains, back pain and sweating
and so on, looking pale. If there’s a suspicion for that, then you
should call an ambulance. Call 9-1-1. The response to that is a team effort. So the ambulance arrives, they assess the
person, and they get an EKG on them, and if they’re concerned, they’ll send that EKG to
the emergency room at Goshen. The ER physician will look at it, review it
and if he agrees that this looks like it could be or is a heart attack, he’ll activate the
call team and the interventional cardiologist, and they’ll come in immediately to take the
person to the cath lab. The whole goal is to get the person’s artery
opened that’s closed and to do it within 90 minutes. That in turn saves lives, it reduces the patient’s
risk of having complications from the heart attack such as bad rhythm disturbances
down the road or congestive heart failure, it saves heart muscle, and those are our goals.