Published: Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Golden Jubilee heart attack experts teach NHS
colleagues about life-saving treatments




Health care staff have been learning about the emergency treatment of heart attacks at a conference taking place today (Friday 8 June 2012).


The Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s heart attack team shared their experiences of using Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PPCI) with fellow clinicians, nurses, managers and ambulance service staff who deliver emergency care of heart attack patients.


Home to regional and national heart and lung services in Scotland, the Golden Jubilee is one of the leading centres for cardiology research and development in the country.


Their cardiologists have been at the forefront of the use of Primary PCI, also known as emergency angioplasty. As a result, the Clydebank hospital currently has the best ‘door to balloon’ time in the UK for the treatment of these ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), or heart attacks.


About Primary PCI


PPCI involves placing a balloon inside a blocked artery and inflating it wide, which allows a support – or stent – to be put in place to hold the artery open and ensure blood can flow to the heart, minimising permanent damage.


Identified as the gold standard of heart attack treatments, PPCI is suitable for more patients than the traditional treatment of clot busting drugs, known as thrombosis.

It also carries a lower risk of strokes and recurrent heart attacks, but is a complex procedure requiring cardiac catheter laboratories and highly trained staff, meaning it can only be provided in specialist cardiac centres.


The conference


Speakers from the Golden Jubilee, home of regional and national heart and lung services, discussed how emergency heart attack care is provided at a regional level in Scotland, in the UK, the diagnosis, transfer and emergency management of heart attack (ST elevation myocardial infarction); and the key role of the Scottish Ambulance Service.


Delegates were able to participate in workshops which focussed on difficult electrocardiographs (ECGs) and clinical case reviews. They also watched live demonstrations of patients being treated thanks to state-of-the-art audio-visual links from the hospital’s cardiac catheterisation laboratories (cath labs) to the auditorium in the on-site Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre.


Dr Mitchell Lindsay, Consultant Cardiologist and Operational Lead for Cardiology at the Golden Jubilee, said: “Today’s conference was highly beneficial for everyone providing care for heart attack patients as it included staff from every stage of the patient’s journey, from ambulance crews to cardiologists.


“The expertise we have in Scotland – and at the Golden Jubilee – makes us one of the leading centres for cardiology research and development and we are delighted to have had an opportunity to share this knowledge with colleagues from across the NHS in Scotland.”

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