Thursday, December 24, 2009

In patients' hunt for care, doctor database 'a place to start'

Unless you've had heart trouble inSchenectady, N.Y., you've probably never heard of cardiologist Steven Weitz. But he has made a difference in this leafy town of 60,000 on the Mohawk River.

Weitz has helped usher in major changes in how local paramedics, emergency room staff and heart specialists treat heart attacks so doctors can clear patients' clogged arteries as quickly as possible.