Delhi: 34-minute door-to-balloon saved man’s life

November 16, 2018

746108-santosh-kumar-gurgubelli-102218   Santosh Kumar Gurgubelli, a 42-year-old man from Chennai, was saved by city doctors in a 34-minute door-to-balloon timeline with only 16-minutes for stenting after he collapsed due to severe chest pain due to a heart attack. “With technological and process advancements in the healthcare industry, bringing down the response time in a critical emergency case has become the top priority of medical institutions today, as these have proven to save lives and improves outcomes. Santosh reached the Emergency department in severe distress and was experiencing ongoing chest pain, apprehension was feeling breathless. Immediately ECG was done which revealed involving extensive, anterior Myocardial Infarction which is the most serious cardiac emergency as it can lead to cardiac arrest or severe damage to the heart,” said Dr Navneet Singh, Director, Emergency and Acute Care, BLK Super Speciality Hospital. Door-to-balloon is a time measurement in emergency cardiac care, specifically in the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The interval starts with the patient’s arrival in the emergency department and ends when a catheter crosses the lesion in the car