According to Dr. Peter Kerwin
, "There are studies that show that every 30 minute delay that you wait while having a heart attack increases the one-year mortality rate by 7.5 percent."
...Dr. Peter Kerwin, Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Colleen Kordish, RN, Cardiovascular Outcomes Coordinator, were instrumental in developing the "Cardiac Alert" program at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, with the partnership of local EMS officials.
suggests, "Unless a patient absolutely knows that their symptoms are from something else, they should not spend a lot of time trying to figure it out.Come in to be seen by a professional where medical personnel and advanced technology can determine the cause of symptoms."According to an article in JAMA, printed August 17, 2005 (1), "Understanding how door-to-drug and door-to-balloon times vary by time of day and day of week can inform the design of interventions to improve the timeliness of reperfusion therapy."
JAMA Averages from 2005 article printing results of a study: Average "Door to Balloon" time: 106 Minutes Average "Door to Balloon" time during regular hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.): 94.8 Minutes Average "Door to Balloon" time off hours (5 p.m. to 7 a.m.): 116.1 MinutesGood Samaritan Hospital averages for 2005: Average "Door to Balloon" time: 68 Minutes Average "Door to Balloon" time during regular hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.): 49 Minutes Average "Door to Balloon" time for off hours (5 p.m. to 7 a.m.): 81 Minutes As a result of this data, Peter Kerwin, M.D. explains, "The message for patients is to call 911.
Heart attacks are the number one killer and chest discomfort should concern you."Peter Kerwin, M.D. had a father who was an airline pilot.
was a young boy, Kerwin
's father had to have an EKG, and though the EKG came back insignificant, it sparked Kerwin to pursue Cardiology.Dr. Peter Kerwin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine.His medical training includes an internship and a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Loyola University, Foster McGaw Hospital in Maywood, Illinois where he was named Chief Cardiology Fellow and Fellow in Interventional Cardiology and Angioplasty.Dr. Kerwin is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology.Dr. Kerwin's
special interests include peripheral and coronary intervention including angioplasty, stenting, and directional and rotational atherectomy.He
participates actively in interventional radiology research.His
special capabilities include complex coronary intervention and peripheral angioplasty/intervention.