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Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital Model for Treating Heart Attack Symptoms Receives Accreditation

Henry Ford Wyandotte is the only hospital Downriver to be named an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital has been accredited by the nation's leading cardiovascular patient care society for its quick and effective practices with treating patients with symptoms of a heart attack.

Henry Ford Wyandotte is the only hospital Downriver to be named an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care because of its model for the care of acute coronary syndrome, or any condition brought on by sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart.

“Through this accreditation, we have organized a system of care with the entire team that treats the patient from the time they begin to experience symptoms to their arrival at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and subsequent diagnosis and treatment,” said Syed Jafri, M.D, medical director of Non-Invasive Cardiology at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

The treatment starts from the time the patient develops chest pain and includes engagement of Emergency Dispatch Services, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Department, Catheterization Lab, observation unit/cardiac care unit and discharge from the facility, followed by cardiac rehabilitation, when needed.

“The warning signs of a heart attack aren’t always clear and can even begin as much as six months before the event,” said Mustafa Hashem, M.D, medical director of Interventional Cardiology at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. Symptoms may include chest pain or pressure; heartburn or indigestion; pain spreading into the shoulders, neck or arms; or shortness of breath.

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital was recently featured of the television series Minds of Medicine for the system used by phsycians to detect heart attacks before patients arrive at the hispital. 

Steve~O Fappas December 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
My Father suffered a series of massive heart attacks in June. He was brought back to life 21 times over the course of 2 days. Dr Pensler (sp?) and the team at Wyandotte hospital are the only reason my family and I will get to share Christmas with him this year. We needed every aspect of their heart care program and each member of the team acted with compassion and care. My heart is in debt to them forever.
Jason Alley (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Wow. Thanks for sharing such a personal story, Steve. So glad to hear that things turned out as they did. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
Charles Carpeaux December 25, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Just a notation to this boasting of HFH Wyandotte, Oakwood Southshore Medical Center has been treating acute MI's for a couple years now. The fire departments can send an EKG to the Cardiologist on thier Cell Phone to confirm the STEMI. The team can be enroute to the hospital as the fire rescue is still transporting. Sorry HFH your NOT the only game in town.

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