ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is the term used by cardiologists to describe what most people refer to simply as a “heart attack.”
The amount of time between a patient’s arrival in the Emergency Department to the moment treatment begins is crucial to a patient’s recovery. Ninety minutes is the standard recommended by the American College of Cardiology to minimize damage to the heart muscle.
Passavant Area Hospital adheres to the STAT STEMI protocol for treating heart attack patients. The 90-minute STAT STEMI protocol diagnoses and stabilizes patients before they are transported to the cath lab of a larger hospital to receive life-saving angioplasties in 90 minutes or less.
When the STAT STEMI system is activated, clinicians from many of Passavant’s departments work as a team to prevent damage caused to the patient’s heart muscle with less then 30 minutes to prepare the patient for transfer.
STAT STEMI is not for everyone. Candidates must be under 80 years old, free of other significant health problems and experiencing a certain type of heart attack. Those who do not meet the criteria are still treated promptly with a clinically effective protocol for their medical condition.
Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and comes back or lasts more than a few minutes
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
- Unusual or atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
- Nausea or dizziness
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
- Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 and stay on the phone for assistance or go directly to Passavant Area Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Coronary heart disease is America's No. 1 killer. That's why it's so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning signs, and know how to respond quickly and properly if warning signs occur.
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