When it comes to treating cardiac issues, time is of the essence. The good news for Polk County residents is that Polk Medical Center is ready to help – quickly.
“We identify those at risk for either having a heart attack or the potential to have a heart attack, and we quickly put testing mechanisms in place to get them where they need to be," said Kristi Mobbs, Director of Polk Medical Center's Emergency Department. “If someone is having a heart attack, Polk Medical Center's goal is to get them in the door and out the door to Floyd Medical Center's heart cath lab in 30 minutes," Mobbs added.
The staff at Polk can quickly determine what is happening with a patient's heart through an EKG and blood tests. It's not always a heart attack.
As a result of the hospital's efficient process, Polk Medical Center has received Chest Pain Certification from the American College of Cardiology.
Polk Medical Center's cardiac care also includes rehabilitation for heart patients. The Phase II outpatient program is specifically designed for people who have had a heart attack or have undergone open heart surgery, valve replacement, cardiac stenting or angioplasty. The program's goal is to help patents return to daily activities as soon as possible.
All patients are given individual treatment plans reviewed, approved and monitored by a Harbin Clinic cardiologist. Those plans include exercise and personal health goals. Patients also receive education on taking medications, heart care, blood pressure and cholesterol care, eating habits and more.
Educating the general public as well as patients is a mission for Polk Medical Center.
Studies confirm that when a heart attack occurs, 85 percent of the damage to the heart occurs within the first two hours, so it is vital that people are educated about the signs and symptoms and what to do when they experience them, Mobbs added.