TRMC Heart Attack Response Time Faster Than National Standard

TOMBALL, Texas (November 14, 2016) – In its commitment to providing high quality cardiac care to the Northwest Houston community, since the beginning of the year Tomball Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has averaged 57 minutes door-to-balloon-time (D2B), surpassing both its goal of 60 minutes or less as well as the national goal of 90 minutes or less. 

Door-to-balloon time is the amount of time it takes for a person experiencing a heart attack to get from the E.R. doors to the catheterization lab, or cath lab, where blood flow to the heart is restored.  The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has recognized TRMC as a Chest Pain Center with PCI accreditation based on its timely assessment and initial treatment of heart attacks. 

Dan Oslowski, Cardiovascular Service Line Director, TRMC, said that time is critical to restoring blood flow to the heart and our medical and clinical teams at TRMC are committed to exceeding expectations and improving outcomes.

“We provide a seamless transition of care as a result of the well-choreographed team of specialists from our local EMS and the TRMC ER to the Cath Lab,” said Oslowski.  “Tomball Regional Medical Center is committed each and every day to meet patients’ medical needs and offer them the best possible experience in an emergency.”

The Heart and Vascular Center at TRMC is a comprehensive cardiac care center dedicated to the detection, management and control of cardiac disease in adults.  In February, the cath lab underwent renovation to improve efficiencies and maximize patient safety.  Investment in advanced imaging technology enables physicians and clinicians to provide an enhanced level of timely, quality heart care to the community.

The new cath lab equipment features low dose radiation technology that may reduce the amount of radiation exposure for the patient, physician and staff by up to 50 percent. In addition, a 59-inch flex-view monitoring system provides enhanced visibility with high-quality images that enable physicians to view several types of information on one screen.  The display is customizable per physician preference.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Also, talk with your doctor about your family history and individual risk level. Your doctor can recommend routine tests and preventive habits to help manage your heart health.

To learn more about TRMC, visit You can also test your heart knowledge on the website by clicking on ‘Health Library’ and ‘Interactive Tools’ to take a Coronary Artery Disease risk assessment, or a quiz on Heart Disease Risk, Heart Disease Prevention, or Heart Health.

Comparative data for door-to-balloon times is reported on by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for heart attacks requiring angioplasty. Additional references can be found through the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA).


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