An hour from the onset of a heart attack is known as the golden hour as it is essential to treat a patient in this critical hour to save his/her life. The life of 50-year-old resident of Mazgaon could be saved because he reached the hospital in within this hour and it could happen because he arrived at the hospital on a bike.
On the evening of August 17, this 50-year-old hotel manager from Mazgaon started feeling discomfort in his chest and hence was taken to a hospital in his locality. An ECG was taken and his family members sent it to Dr Shoaib Padaria, Interventional Cardiologist and Director of vascular sciences at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, through WhatsApp. After studying the ECG, Dr Padaria advised them to hospitalise him immediately as he was at a risk of getting a massive heart attack.
Considering the traffic situation in south Mumbai during the evening, it would have been impossible to reach Jaslok hospital in an hour by car or ambulance. So, his family members and friends decided to take him to the hospital via bike. It proved to be a wise decision, as they reached in relatively less time and immediate treatment was provided to him.
“He was brought to the hospital on the bike. We had kept our emergency facility waiting. Once he arrived we gave him a special drug to dissolve the clots in his arteries. He responded to the treatment well and now is out of danger. His life could be saved because he reached the hospital on time and this was possible because he opted to travel on the bike to reach the hospital,” said Dr Shoaib Padaria.
In a city like Mumbai, where traffic congestion is a major problem; a patient may not be able to reach a hospital during the golden hour. Taking this issue into account, the Maharashtra government recently has launched a bike ambulance facility in the city.
“This incident highlights the importance of reaching the hospital on time. Once, the patient shows symptoms of a heart attack don’t waste time in waiting for a doctor to come or an ambulance. Try to reach to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. In Mumbai, traffic is a major issue. Bikes can really be helpful in saving lives,” said Dr Padaria