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Plan of attack: System allows doctors to get a jump on treating heart attack victims before they even get to the hospital

"I was loading up on the antacids, and it wasn't going away and I was up at about 4 o'clock in the morning. I started feeling the funny feeling in my arm, so I said to my wife, 'You'd better call 911, I think I'm having a heart attack,'" said Mazure.

Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter, and did an EKG minutes later, affirming that Mazure was having a heart attack.

"[The paramedic] had already called the hospital and this set off the alert. I had no idea what was going on, but when we got there the whole team was waiting for me. It reminded me of the Indianapolis 500," said Mazure.

"You've got the pit crew there and you've got the pit crew chief and everybody's got a job to do and they're doing it. It was a well-oiled machine," said Mazure.

Azure's door-to-balloon time was 59 minutes.

Larry Kirshenbaum of Clifton Park had a similar experience last November.

"A little less than a year ago, I woke up in the morning with what I thought was some indigestion. I took some Tums, and went back to bed. A couple hours later I realized that one, it wasn't going away, and that two, it seemed to be getting a little worse. I went to an Urgent Call here and they did some tests," said Kirshenbaum.

"They did an EKG and said those words I really didn't want to hear: 'You're having a heart attack,'" said Kirshenbaum.

The physician at Urgent Care called an ambulance, and it took Kirshenbaum to Ellis Hospital.

"I swear, it was the fastest ride from Clifton Park to Schenectady that I've ever made," said Kirshenbaum.

In the ambulance, paramedics performed another EKG and were on the phone communicating with the hospital about Kirshenbaum, putting into place a plan of action for when he arrived.

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