PEOPLE who suffer from heart attacks in the province may be safer if this occurs near
This follows a revelation it is the only hospital in
Other health centres only offer this service between and .
“A heart attack can occur at any time of the day, so it is illogical that the service is not available at some centres in the afternoons, evenings and weekends,” said Dr Antonio Fernandez from the association. A lack of staff to cover these extra hours seems to cause of the current situation.
“Catheterization is the treatment recommended for heart attacks as it destroys the clot and implants a metal mesh to resolve the tightness in the artery,” said Dr Fernandez. “For a person to survive a heart attack it is essential that their waiting time for treatment not exceed 90 minutes.”
The Department of Health responded to this plea for change by stating that “things have always been this way”.
“Patients are ensured an operation within 72-hours of a heart attack throughout the
Around 6,500 people are admitted to hospitals in the province having suffered a heart attack, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics.
During 2010, 122 tests were performed per million inhabitants, according to the Spanish Society of Cardiology and experts agree that
By Nicole Hallett