National Emergency Medicine Assoc. (NEMA)
HeartLINES ...a quarterly report to friends of The National Heart Council, a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association
FALL 1996 VOLUME 11, ISSUE 3
Dear Friends and Supporters
In 1986, NEMA provided a seed grant to a man with a dream - Raymond D. Bahr, M.D., Director of the Paul Dudley White Coronary Care System at St. Agnes Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Bahrs drive and foresight was integral in establishing the nations first Chest Pain Emergency Center at St. Agnes. His dream, however, went beyond just one center and the patients it serves. Dr. Bahr intends to reduce heart attack from the #1 killer of American adults, to #2, by the
Since its beginning, the Paul Dudley White Center has become a nationwide model for the creation of 600 similar units across the country. Dr. Bahr was also a catalyst for the creation of the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program, educating the public about the early warning signs of heart attack and heart attack prevention. Information describing the early warning signs and the critical need for quick response is disseminated through brochures, films, articles and campaigns designed for both private and corporate settings. Early recognition and treatment is the first and best means of reducing the damage and death caused by heart attack. Dr. Bahr, put his heart into a dream and then made it a reality.
Dr. Bahr Delivers The EHAC Message
Thirteen years ago, St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD opened The Chest Pain Emergency
Center, the first of its kind in the nation. The emergency rooms there are specifically
designed to treat the early symptoms of heart attack, as well as provide patient and
community education programs about heart attack prevention. The centers driving
force is Dr. Raymond Bahr.
Under his leadership, the center is a model for other centers, hosting 325 hospitals
from 40 states and 5 countries. The inspiration of St. Agnes has resulted in over 600
similar units nationwide.
What this means to you, may save your life. Many are damaged for life if proper medical
intervention does not take place in the first phases of heart attack. More than 50% of
heart attacks have early signs that can not only save lives but help people lead healthy
lives. Heart attack has a beginning and early intervention makes the difference between
life and death, between no damage and significant damage.
Now through the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program, Dr. Bahr and his associates are telling the public that it can play a major part in solving the heart attack problem. Studies show that damage control with heart attack is possible if patients are treated with clot dissolvers within the first hour. 85% of damage occurs within the first two hours. To delay treatment results in heart damage and complications that could have been avoided. Only 10% of patients receive this critical treatment within the first hour.
Why do we wait?
What is a Chest Pain Center?
A Chest Pain Center (CPC) is an expansion of the hospital's heart station into the emergency department. It serves as a command post for quickly identifying and attending to patients experiencing or at risk to experience heart attack.
A CPC includes these seven features and functions:
If you are interested in the changing dynamics of Chest Pain Centers or the Early Heart Attack Care Program contact:
Dr. Raymond D. Bahr, M.D., F.A.C.P.
"Together we can reduce heart attack deaths from being the No.1 health problem in the US, and do it within our lifetime." Dr.Bahr
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