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WakeMed Cary Hospital now provides advanced cardiac intervention services for patients with ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). This specialized care and response plan for acute heart attacks re-opens blocked coronary arteries, reduces the time to treatment, and improves outcomes for STEMI patients.

The hospital treated its first Code STEMI patient, transported via EMS, on November 2. Dr. Pratik Desai from Cary Cardiology alongside the WakeMed Heart & Vascular Labs support team performed the procedure and re-opened the patient’s artery in 33 minutes.

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommended “door to balloon” time to treatment is under 90 minutes.

“This new service is beneficial for the residents of Cary, southwestern Wake County and surrounding communities by decreasing the travel time it takes to reach a hospital capable of re-opening blocked arteries and restoring blood flow to damaged heart muscle,” said Doug Trocinski, MD, emergency medicine physician and chief medical officer at WakeMed Cary Hospital. “Time is muscle when it comes to heart attacks, and this service will save lives and improve the quality of life for patients.”

WakeMed Cary Hospital joins WakeMed Raleigh Campus in providing this specialized care. Currently, STEMI intervention services are available at WakeMed Cary Hospital Monday through Friday, between 7 am to 5 pm, with the goal of expanding the days and hours of service. For more information about WakeMed Heart & Vascular services, visit www.wakemed.org/hearts.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed is a not-for-profit health care system founded and based in Raleigh, N.C. WakeMed exists to improve the health and well-being of our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care to all. WakeMed’s 970-bed system comprises a network of facilities throughout the Triangle area, including three full-service hospitals, seven emergency departments, a dedicated Children’s Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital, more than 90 physician offices and Wake County’s only Level I Trauma Center. WakeMed’s mission-driven team includes more than 10,300 employees, 1,400 volunteers and 1,300 affiliated physicians, along with the more than 700 physicians and providers with WakeMed Physician Practices – all representing the best minds and the biggest hearts and the finest quality in health care and community health. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org or follow WakeMed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


For Additional Information:

WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Kristin Kelly | Phone: 919-350-5921

Email: krkelly@wakemed.org