Our Mission - Utilize Early Heart Attack Care to Reduce Deaths
EHAC is the brainchild of our founder, Dr. Ray Bahr.
The primary goal of Early Heart Attack Care is to promote public awareness that heart attacks have "beginnings" that can occur weeks before the actual attack. EHAC focuses on intervention during these beginnings to help prevent acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiac arrest.
Early symptoms, such as mild or stuttering chest pain, are identified as major risk factors for heart attack. Adults often ignore these warnings and put themselves at risk for significant damage to the heart muscle, or even death.
The second goal of EHAC is to teach the public that individuals with heart attack symptoms be evaluated and treated in an emergency department (ED) or chest pain center (CPC).
Experts there are trained in the rapid evaluation of patients, bringing together ED physicians, nurses, cardiologists, and technicians who work as a team to establish a comprehensive management plan for patients with chest pain.
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) (now known as the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care) was established in 1998 as a nonprofit international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. SCPC pursues this mission by providing education and accreditation to healthcare facilities to improve the care of the cardiac patient.
EHAC is a public awareness campaign intended to educate the public about the signs of an impending heart attack and that these signs and symptoms can occur days or weeks before the actual event. These early symptoms need to be recognized and treated early to avoid the damage caused by a full-blown heart attack.
The Symbols of Early Heart Attack Care
Heart Attacks Have Beginnings
This badge is for everyone in the community, as well as hospital professionals, and can easily be part of your community outreach, (which is Key Element No. 1 to our customers). We want everyone to understand that "heart attacks have beginnings." We want them to take the pledge and commit to educating others. They are encouraged to take the 20-minute course and we urge them to deputize at least 50 fellow hospital employees to commit to early heart attack care and stand up for the cause hospital-wide, which we will count on our official tally (now more than 10,000 strong). Once those employees take the pledge, they become ambassadors and they should have the tools to educate the community, and other people within the hospital.
Once hospital professionals -- Nurses, Physicians, Employees -- are fluent on early heart attack education, we want to encourage them to weave the "buddy badge" into the community outreach programs. It reminds everyone that an accredited Chest Pain Center is the smartest place to take someone feeling symptoms. The buddy badge emphasizes that individuals throughout the community - not just hospital professionals -- should be aware that they can help save a life by taking time from their busy day to assist someone who might be feeling symptoms, but unsure of what to do. We urge them to take action, assist the person to the nearest Accredited Chest Pain Center and, possibly, save a life."
Dr. Raymond Bahr's Articles & Videos
Dr. Raymond Bahr writes a monthly article about the EHAC movement that appears in the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care newsletter. He has also done several videos that outline the importance of Early Heart Attack Care.
- Deputy Heart Attack Program Achieves 500,000 EHAC Pledges
- Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Bahr
- One Mission Requires Many Partners
- Thank you for a Wonderful EHAC Year
- Inspiration on a Mission: Science of Peace Lecture
- Speaking EHAC at IU Health
- EHAC Zooms Past 100,000 Pledges
- Beyond the Doors of a CPC
- Implications of Global EHAC
- EHAC Expansion to Include Hospital Employees
- Q & A with Dr. Raymond Bahr
- Surging Ahead in Heart Attack Care
- February is Heart Month
- He Declared War on Heart Attacks
- How to Foil Death by Heart Attack
- Amazing Results in EHAC
- Winning the Battle on Heart Disease
- How Do You EHAC?
- Recording the EHAC Moment
- Share the EHAC Symbols
- Share the Tools
- Finding the Rosetta Stone
- The Power of An Idea
- Are you a Saver or an Enabler?
- A Golden Opportunity
- Heart Appreciation Month
Meet our Founder
Dr. Raymond Bahr is passionate about cardiac care and preventive education. As the founding father of SCPC, his passion to disseminate lifesaving information is a driving force at SCPC. Throughout his career, he has created multiple programs to help others understand the life saving measures that can save a life. In 1981 at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Bahr established the Chest Pain Emergency Department (CPED), the first such unit in the world. The initial purpose of this CPED was prompt and effective treatment of patients presenting with heart attack/sudden death. The CPED was coupled with an aggressive education program that taught the community the early warning signs of a heart attack. This education program extended to middle and high school students via health and science curricula.