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Modern Medicine: Surviving a Heart Attack

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Panama City, Fla. -

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart was recently named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades.  In fact, the mortality rate in the cardiac cath lab is less than one percent, which is well below the national average.

James Greggs was suffering a heart attack and was rushed to Bay Medical-Sacred Heart. Doctors opened up his blocked artery with two stents.

"He put those stents in to open it up, and it was immediate relief.  The pain just went away," says Greggs. 

Interventional Cardiologist Amir Haghighat performed Greggs' procedure.

"If you think you're having a heart attack, if you're worried about it, you've got to get help right away.  Every minute counts...The longer you wait, the more the heart tissue is at risk of dying," explains Dr. Haghighat. 

Greggs says he's thankful for his care, and his decision to get help quickly.

"I had a 100 percent blockage.  There's no doubt, they saved my life," he says.

Doctors urge patients to get treatment immediately if they feel any pain, pressure or tightness in the chest or arms.