In North Carolina, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, greatly reducing the time it takes for an individual to receive treatment for a heart attack can mean the difference between repairable and irreparable damage to the heart, and, ultimately, between life and death. That's why Pardee Hospital is leading the way in the statewide RACE (Reperfusion of Acute Myocardial Infarction in North Carolina Emergency Departments) Program.
A collaborative initiative between hospitals around the state, the RACE Program provides quick response to ensure that heart attack patients receive effective, life-saving treatment immediately. Patients are evaluated and initially treated by their first response hospital, and then transferred immediately to another facility if treatment dictates. A patient in need of angioplasty or stenting, both treatments used to open clogged arteries, will receive life saving medications at the Pardee emergency room, and then be transferred quickly to Mission Health to undergo further treatment to open their clogged artery.