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UTMC: Your Door to Balloon Stop

Having chest pains, difficulty breathing, or sweating? These are just some of the symptoms of what may be a heart attack, but have no fear if you are close to UTMC, you will be in good hands.  Each year over a million people in the U.S. have a heart attack. About half of them will die. Every precious second counts. As of October 2012, UTMC ‘s current door to balloon time is 50 minutes, that’s 40 minutes less than the national goal.  In medicine, those 40 minutes are the difference between life and death.  UTMC understands that. Just recently, I spoke with a patient who came into the ER with a massive heart attack, they were taken back to the Cath Lab and a balloon was inserted….all within 27 minutes! The patient is doing well and returned back to work within 30 days.  If you missed Dr. Burket’s explanation of Door to Ballon time during the football trivia, take a minute to watch the video (really the video is only 1:04 minutes). Regarding knowledge, it was once said, “It is nothing for one to know something unless another knows you know it.” Persian Proverb

is the Administrative Secretary II/Marketing Coordinator for the Heart and Vascular Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center, a member of both the UTMC Marketing Group and an external marketing group, Team Leader for the Heart Walk and secretary for the Patient and Customer Engagement Service Excellence Team. She is proud to say that she was born and raised in Toledo. The biggest kept secret are the “chicken wings” at City Hall, tell Abe she sent you. Andrea’s career with UTMC began in 1988. Through the years she has worked in various departments and along with the many friends she has gained, she has gained a wealth of experience and the bottomless energy to learn more. She feels privilege to have been a part of the many changes at UTMC and excited about its future. Stay tuned for future blogs from her regarding “matters of the heart”. When she is not busy at work, you can find her out and about town with 1 or maybe all 6 of her grandkids in tow.
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