Goa Health Ministry's flagship STEMI project saved the lives of over 50 people after its inception in December last year, reports a senior health official.
Before the launch of STEMI, patients, especially from rural areas, had to be ferried to the Goa Medical College a top state-run health facility near Panaji, and deaths often occurred due to the time incurred in traveling the distance.
"The government sector on an average treats nearly 1,500 heart attacks every year in Goa. Mortality in such heart attack cases was 225 annually. In the first six months, we have been able to cut down on the mortality rate by half, which means as of now we have saved more than 50 lives already," he said.
"People who have undergone treatment thanks to STEMI now live healthier, due to healthier hearts and they can perform activities better than the time before treatment," Naik said.
The Health Ministry official also said that most heart attacks in India occur within the age group of 40 years to late 50s, at a time when the person suffering from the heart disease is still supporting a family.
"A heart attack in that age grouping can destroy a family if the main breadwinner suffers from a cardiac arrest," Naik said.