Approximately 35 years after its foundation, the Regional Hospital of Puerto Vallarta has a cardiologist for the first time, which will provide greater and better care to those who require medical attention from a heart specialist.
The cardiologist, Héctor González Zambrano, stated that his presence in Puerto Vallarta is due to his appointment as a doctor responsible for the promotion of the new program available to the Regional Hospital for the timely treatment of acute myocardial infarction.
“It is the first time that there is a cardiologist working in this hospital,” he said and stressed the importance of having this service since acute myocardial infarction, is one of the main causes of death in the country, in fact, cardiovascular diseases occupy the first place in deaths.
Patients with heart disease should be treated promptly since between 30 and 40 percent of people who are infarcted, in the first 24 hours dies if they do not receive medical care and the rest dies in the first year after having had a heart attack.
As such, it is necessary to reduce morbidity and mortality due to acute myocardial infarction, and for this reason, a program was implemented in the Ministry of Health called “National Program of Timely Care of Acute Myocardial Infarction” that is designed to attend and try to reduce early death in patients who have suffered a heart attack.
In Puerto Vallarta and the region, he said, doctors should be aware that there is this program and most importantly, he stressed, is knowing how to recognize when a patient has symptoms suggesting a heart attack and how to make the diagnosis to immediately know how to treat the patient with this diagnosis.
He acknowledged that the cost of this specialty is very high, “the medicines are very expensive and the procedures to open the artery of the heart that is obstructing, which is the cause of the infarction, is also very expensive, but the Ministry of Health is covering these costs, so what we need is to educate the public that if you have a discomfort at the level in the chest area, seek attention” .
This care, he said, can be given by a doctor at the health center or one that is close to the region, so that at that moment the doctor will review it, perform an electrocardiogram and decide if this patient requires this type of medical procedures and treatments.