News : 24x7 Chest Pain Helpline Launched
Chennai, India Aug 28, 2014 -- The need for immediate cardiac care is growing, especially as India is one of the leading countries when it comes to heart attacks under the age of 40.
To treat patients with as little delay as possible, Vijaya Group of Hospitals launched a 24-hour chest pain service – the Vijaya Rapid Access Cardiac Evaluation – on Tuesday. People can call a helpline number – 044-66646623 – at any time and an ambulance along with a doctor and paramedical staff will immediately be dispatched to the residence.
After an initial assessment and emergency treatment including an ECG at the site, the patient will be taken to Vijaya Heart Foundation, Vadapalani.
There, a senior cardiac consultant, who will be available 24x7, will attend to the patient and decide what the most appropriate treatment is.
Cath lab services will also function round-the-clock to aid in therapy.
"The idea is to use the golden hour (first hour) as effectively as possible to save the life of the patient as well as preserve heart function," said M. Vijaya Kumar, senior consultant cardiologist at the hospital.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014