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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A local hospital wants to get heart attack victims help even sooner.
Baptist Health is launching two pilot programs to activate the Cath Lab from an ambulance.
It would allow patients to receive a cardiac catheterization more quickly instead of waiting until they get to the hospital.
Officials say doing that cuts the patient's risk of dying in half.
"We're gonna see improved responders. Their skill set -- their scope of practice -- is gonna be broadened. This is a strong initiative, a cutting-edge initiative, that's occurring here in the commonwealth of Kentucky," says Jamey Locke, the interim director of Oldham County EMS.
One in five people who have a heart attack at home never even make it to the hospital.