A heart attack is an acute medical emergency resulting from a sudden blockage of a coronary artery or arteries supplying the heart. If the blockage cannot be resolved fast, the heart muscle dies leading to major complications and demise.
Typically, survival from a heart attack relies on the ability to get quick treatment. The Door-to-Needle time is the time to receive clot-busting medication (thrombolytics), the standard goal is 30 minutes from arrival to the hospital. In hospitals where an Interventional cardiologist is available, the Door-to-Ballon time is how quickly the cardiac team opens the blocked artery via a catheter in the groin. The standard time for Door-to-Ballon time 90 minutes.
Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, chest pressure, shortness of breath or collapse. An ambulance should be called; if an ambulance is not available in a resource-limited setting then a car should take the person to the nearest University teaching hospital or cardiac hospital.
Survival depends on the person’s proximity to a cardiac facility offering advanced cardiology treatments. This type of facility is called a cardiac lab. It is run by interventional cardiologists who have specialized in cardiac procedures like coronary angiogram, cardiac stent placement, cardiac pacemaker, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement.
Here is a listing of cardiac labs around the country. (Updates in progress) To submit a listing kindly complete this form.
List of States in Alphabetical order
- University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku, Ozalla
- Human Race Diagnostic and medical centre, Owerri
- Reddington Hospital, GRA Ikeja
- First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi
- Euracare, Victoria Island
- Tristate heart and vascular center, Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja
Disclaimer: Not all Cardiac services may be available at the listed locations.