S H A K E – SAVING HEART ATTACK KEY EFFORTS
CREATING AWARENESS TO PREVENT HEART ATTACKS
Dr. Brajesh Mittal
We need to contribute to the society by creating awareness of high importance of early recognition and early treatment of this major killer
Acute heart attack- known in medical terminology as Acute ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is very rampant, occurs in all adult age groups, a major killer and has a significant family and social impact when a young family member dies.
The good part is; it is also one of the few very serious and life-threatening ailments WHERE THE LIFE CAN BE SAVED QUICKLY IF RECOGNIZED IN TIME AND TREATED IN TIME. There are two major methods to treat- an emergency angioplasty (to open the blocked artery in the cath lab) or by giving a medication which can do the similar job. Last 15 years research has proved beyond doubt that opening the artery by the cath is a far more superior method. And there is no doubt that either of these should be carried out as soon as possible.
To achieve this goal; we need to educate all healthcare personnel involved at whatever stage – to identify quickly those patients suffering from STEMI and start initial treatment; then arrange their transfer to the next appropriate centre. As a corollary; finally, the population should also be educated to take quick and correct action when they themselves or their kith-kin suffer from STEMI.
With this goal, I have founded SHAKE: Saving Heart Attacks Key Efforts for more generic and widespread coverage.