In the case of a heart attack, however, time is crucial,” emphasized Professor Marian Zembala, M.D., General Director of the Silesian Center for Heart Diseases in Zabrze. “That’s why immediate contact with the emergency service number and the despatch of an ambulance is so important. “Only a few of us realize that irreversible changes in the heart occur from the very first minutes of a heart attack. These changes have a significant impact on the patient’s survival chances and quality of life after a heart attack.”
“Poland can be proud of having one of the best standards of acute cardiac event management, yet every fourth patient dies because they called the ambulance too late,” said Reinier Schlatmann, Market Leader Central & Eastern Europe, Philips. “We hope that via this campaign we will not only contribute to an increased level of awareness but also significantly improve the health of cardiac patients in Poland.”
 National Database of Myocardial Infarction Cases in Poland AMI-PL
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 Pan-Polish Register of Acute Coronary Syndrome Cases PL-ACS