Project aims to improve heart attack care in Wyoming

Jun 22, 2012

A new 7 million dollar project is aimed at improving heart attack care in Wyoming.

The effort is being funded by the American Heart Association and the Leona and Harry Helmsley Charitable Trust. The goal is to better equipWyoming ambulances to diagnose the most deadly heart attacks. It will also provide training for EMS and hospital personnel.

Gordon Tommaselli is the national president of the American Heart Association. He says time is of the essence with heart attack patients.

“We know that in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, for example, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by seven to ten percent for every minute that they go untreated,” Tommaselli said.

Tomaselli says the purpose of the new program is to get Wyoming patients the care they need faster.