Heart Attack : STEMI projects in 10 districts of Maharashtra for preventing death due to heart diseases

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Mumbai, January 22, 2020:- The mortality rate due to lack of blood supply to the heart is high in the state. Keeping this in mind, the ST Elevation in Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) project will be established for providing medical treatment to the patients in ‘Golden hour’ after suffering heart attack. In the first phase, the STEMI will be established in 10 districts. This information was given by health minister Mr Rajesh Tope.

          Due to diseases related to coronary artery, three to four percent people of rural areas and eight to ten percent of people in urban area suffer from heart diseases. Thus the mortality rate is more. In order to prevent this situation, the death due to heart diseases can be prevented only by giving treatment to the patient in Golden hours and the STEMI project is being established with this very objective. The project will come up in 10  districts  including Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Akola, Nashik, Thane, Ratnagiri, Solapur and Wardha in the first phase.

Mr Tope said that the ‘Hub and Spoke’ model will be used in this project. In the spoke, the district and sub district hospitals will be included and hospitals that can provide Intensive Care Unit and intensive cardiac care unit services will be included. Spoke will be established at 110 places in the state and two bed Intensive Care department will be started. For this, the ECG machines will also be made available and ECG technician will be looking after that. When the patient visits the centre, his electro cardio graph will be taken and the information will be sent to the experts by the technician through the cloud connectivity. The experts will give their opinion about medication within 10 minutes by using spoke. It can be ascertained whether the patient suffered the heart attack or not by using ECG. If any patient had suffered, the medication like thrombolysis will be administered for dissolving dangerous clots in the blood vessel and improve the blood flow which prevents damage to tissues and organs.

 In the hub the heart specialist doctors will be available and facility of cardiovascular surgery can be availed. These include both, the government and private hospitals. So the hospitals where angiography, angioplasty and Bypass surgeries are performed will be included. It comprises medical colleges and private hospitals under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya scheme.

A total of 27 Hubs will be erected across the state. The health minister said that the surgeries for treatment of heart ailments will be performed free of charge under the Jan Arogya scheme. Mr Tope exhume confidence that due to the STEMI project, the lives of the patients who have suffered heart attack can be saved by administrating them proper medicines with immediate effect and making available required medical facilities for them.