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West HIlls Hospital Offers Fastest Average Heart Attack Response Time in L.A.

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West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility, has achieved the best average “door-to-balloon” response time in Los Angeles County for 2021. 

Door-to-balloon response time refers to the length of time it takes a health care facility to stabilize a heart attack patient, from the moment the patient arrives at the emergency room door to the moment the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory staff use a “balloon” to unblock the artery that is causing the heart attack. 

Guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association urge health care facilities to strive for door-to-balloon response times of 90 minutes or less. With an average door-to-balloon time of 41 minutes, West Hills Hospital is ranked in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide. 

“Fast response times are vital for heart attack patients,” said Donald David, MD, Chief Medical Officer at West Hills Hospital. “Our ER and Cath Lab teams work closely with emergency medical services to provide the most efficient process.  We are very proud of the life-saving care they provide.”

As a certified Chest Pain Center, West Hills Hospital is prepared 24/7 to provide specialized, emergency cardiac care. 

For more information about West Hills Hospital and its cardiac catheterization laboratory, please visit

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility, has served the West San Fernando Valley for more than 50 years. With 450 expert physicians and a staff of more than 900 that brings outstanding service to every bedside, the hospital offers a full complement of advanced technology, compassion and responsive care for the improvement of human life. West Hills Hospital was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Los Angeles County and also provides specialized care in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Services, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and The Grossman Burn Center. 

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