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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

March 21 2013

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HOUSTON – (March 21, 2013)


Heart Attack Patient Receives Fast, Life-saving Care at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Thursday, November 29, 2012, started like any other day for Project Manager (Information Technology) Yogesh Goel. While he had been up late the night before talking with a co-worker in India and still hadn’t gotten used to dealing with the stress of Houston traffic, he and his family were slowly settling in to life in Houston following their recent move from St. Louis. But at 8:53 a.m. he started having chest pain like none he had ever experienced before. He called 9-1-1 and just four minutes later Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) paramedics were at his side. They quickly did an EKG and sent the results to Candace Powell, M.D., emergency department physician at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, who determined he was having a certain type of heart attack called a ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI.

Yogesh Goel, centered, with his wife,Shalini and two children, Divita, 9, and Abhishek, 7, are joined by members of CCEMS and the Methodist Willowbrook team that saved his life following a heart attack.
Yogesh Goel, centered, with his wife,Shalini and two children, Divita, 9, and Abhishek, 7, are joined by members of CCEMS and the Methodist Willowbrook team that saved his life following a heart attack.

A STEMI requires fast action because permanent damage will occur if blood flow is not restored to the heart. According to the American Heart Association, people having a heart attack should have artery-opening surgery called angioplasty within 90 minutes of first being seen by paramedics. Due to the coordinated efforts of CCEMS calling ahead to the hospital and staff there preparing for his arrival, Goel’s door-to-balloon time (the amount of time from when the patient arrives at the hospital until treatment with angioplasty) was only 27 minutes. Mohammed Khan, M.D., cardiologist, performed the emergency angioplasty, which involved threading a small catheter with a balloon on the end into the blocked artery, inflating it, and then placing a small, metal mesh tube called a stent to keep the artery open.

“We seem to have some of the best door-to-balloon times at Methodist Willowbrook,” says Levon Vartanian, M.D., FAAEM, medical director for CCEMS. “We are delighted to be working with the doctors and staff there in delivering the best emergency cardiac care around the country.”

Following treatment at Methodist Willowbrook, Goel is feeling well and has regular checkups every few months with his cardiologist. “I have lost 30 pounds and doing better than before my heart attack,” says Goel. “I am eating right and don’t have any symptoms of heart disease.”
Goel received rapid, life-saving heart care at Methodist Willowbrook because the facility offers comprehensive cardiac care and has been recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. An accredited Chest Pain Center uses a systematic approach to patient management which allows physicians to reduce time of treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

“We take care of STEMI patients every day,” says Glenn Dennis, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, director of Nursing Services, Emergency Department and Observation, at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. “By partnering with emergency medical services companies like CCEMS, we can prepare our cath lab before patient arrival and shorten treatment times. Our door-to-balloon time averages about 60 minutes.”

For more information about Methodist Willowbrook Hospital’s expansive cardiovascular program that brings state-of-the-art equipment, advanced treatment and technologies, and renowned DeBakey-trained heart specialists to Northwest Houston, visit methodistwillowbrook.com. For a physician referral, call 281-737-2500.


About Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of The Methodist Hospital System. The facility opened on December 18, 2000. The campus has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the community.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has received its chest pain and stroke accreditations, performs complex surgeries such as neurosurgery and open heart, and focuses on women and children in its new Women’s & Children’s Pavilion. Utilizing the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook has become the leader in orthopedic care in Northwest Houston.

For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, please visit methodistwillowbrook.com. For a physician referral, call 281-737-2500.