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Jul 23 2014
St. Joseph's Cardiac Team Sets New Door-To-Wire Record
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Jeff Wittig and his wife, Carol, have been married for 25 years. On July 1, they celebrated their anniversary with a paddleboarding excursion on Cazenovia Lake. It was a hot, humid day with considerable wind and they didn’t venture far from the shore. That turned out to be a blessing because shortly after they set out, Jeff knew something was terribly wrong. He felt a tremendous amount of pressure in his chest and that was not normal for him. Jeff knew he needed help right away.

Thanks to the quick work of the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Jeff was on his way to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. He had suffered a heart attack and the parademics knew that time would be muscle. That’s why they immediately employed the LifeNet system to transmit Jeff’s EKG to St. Joseph’s Emergency Department while en route to the hospital. This technology saves valuable minutes when it comes to a heart attack. In fact, Dr. Ronald Caputo, interventional cardiologist at St. Joseph’s, was able to view that EKG right on his iPhone and knew he had to meet Jeff and the crew immediately on their arrival.

Jeff’s blocked artery was opened in a record nine minutes from when he arrived at St. Joseph’s. This time, known as “door to wire,” is the fastest ever at St. Joseph’s. Nationwide, the benchmark time is 90 minutes. St. Joseph’s strives for 60 minutes but typically averages 38 minutes. According to Dr. Caputo, if you are having a heart attack, you need to call 911 immediately. That is the best way to make sure you get the help you need as fast as you can get it.

Thanks to Jeff’s quick thinking, he’s now back at work and living life. In fact, he and his wife are trying again this weekend to celebrate their milestone. Here’s to 25 more years!


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