CORAL SPRINGS, FL – When you’re having a heart attack, you want quality care close to home. With Broward Health Coral Springs becoming designated a Level 1 Heart Program by the Agency for Healthcare Administration, residents of Coral Springs and surrounding areas can rest assured that advanced cardiac care is moments away.
As a newly accredited ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) program, Broward Health Coral Springs can now “treat patients presenting with heart attacks with an angioplasty procedure if deemed appropriate,” said Mohammed Osman, M.D., medical director of interventional cardiology at Broward Health Coral Springs.
Broward Health Coral Spring will begin treating STEMI patients in early 2021. Treatment for STEMI, which is a heart attack caused by one of the heart’s major arteries being blocked, requires opening the artery quickly saving as much heart muscle as possible.
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“This is a milestone for Broward Health Coral Springs,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Broward Health Corals Springs, “and we will continue to strive for a high level of care to better serve our community and uphold community recognition as the area’s best hospital and best Emergency Department*.”
“The addition of our STEMI heart program makes it possible for EMS to pre-alert the emergency department and transmit the electrocardiogram,” said Gary Lai, D.O., chief of emergency medicine at Broward Health Coral Springs. “Our team can then be ready for the arrival of the patient and rapidly stabilize, medicate, and expedite care to our in-house cardiac catheterization lab. This will save lives and optimize outcomes.”
With more than 50 years of expertise in cardiac programs, the new heart program at Broward Health Coral Springs follows a long tradition of cardiac excellence at the health system. While this program is new to Broward Health Coral Springs, the care and treatment of a patient requiring advanced cardiac services is not new to the cardiac team.
“We are proud of the highly experienced and knowledgeable cardiac team that has been built to lead this program,” said Smith. “Each caregiver brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with over 30 years of combined experience. Combined with Broward Health physician clinical expertise, the expansion of our cardiac services exemplifies our commitment to enhance services for our growing community in Broward’s northwest corridor.”