Making an Impact on Response Time
As a member of the Casselton Fire and Rescue Squad, 45-year-old Ryan Radermacher knew he needed immediate attention when he began to feel pressure in his chest and aching in his arms. Sanford AirMed arrived shortly after first responders to transport Radermacher to Sanford Heart Hospital in Fargo.
The cardiac team was preparing for his arrival by reading the results of an EKG that had been administered on the scene.
“I arrived at Sanford and everything happened so fast,” Radermacher said. “There was no hesitation. Every person on that team knew exactly what to do.”
Advanced tests in the cardiac cath lab showed Radermacher had a complete blockage in his right artery. Angioplasty cleared the blockage and a stent was inserted to help keep it open.
“It was instant relief when the artery opened,” Radermacher said.
In just 38 minutes, the team at Sanford Heart Hospital had saved Radermacher’s life and left his heart with no permanent damage.
Gifts to the Sanford Health Foundation ensure Sanford Heart Hospital has the resources to provide a rapid, well-coordinated response for heart attack victims.
To learn more or to make a gift, visit foundation.sanfordhealth.org or call the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 234-6246.
Posted Date: August 2014