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No one wants to experience an emergency, but it's best to be prepared. Here are some tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians that all members of your household should know:
Keep a first-aid kit in your home, as well as in your car.
Know the warning signs for conditions such as stroke or heart attack.
Organize your family's medical information. You should keep a list of medications and dosages that are taken by you and other family members.
Look through your house for safety hazards and eliminate them.
Take a first-aid class.
Keep emergency numbers near the telephones in your home.
Winchester Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology offers a full range of cutting edge treatment options that include both medical and interventional techniques.
Medical cardiologists will determine what diagnostic procedures you need and whether the results of these evaluations indicate that you need direct intervention or may safely embark on a course of drug therapy, lifestyle changes, or other conservative steps alone. Depending on the diagnosis, a medical cardiologist may then continue to manage or help manage your care, monitoring your condition, your drug regimen, and any need for further treatment.
Sometimes medical therapy isn’t enough and interventions become necessary. Interventional cardiologists use minimally invasive methods to clear blockages in the coronary arteries, namely angioplasty and stenting, to treat peripheral arterial disease without opening the chest for surgery. These types of procedures don’t take place in an operating room. Interventional cardiologists perform minimally invasive techniques in the catheterization lab, or cath lab as it is more commonly known.
Winchester Medical Center offers interventional treatment options including:
to learn how Valley Health eliminated a 30-minute catheterization lab wait time and is treating heart attack victims quicker.