Heart Attack (AMI)
A heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction or AMI) happens when the arteries leading to the heart become blocked and the blood supply is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle can't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the heart tissue that is affected may die. Studies have shown the most crucial element affecting the survival of patients having a heart attack is how quickly the arteries of the heart are re-opened.
What to Do If Experiencing Symptoms of a Heart Attack:
Call 911 immediately and ask EMS to take you to the Chest Pain Center at Mother Frances Hospital.
Rapid Response & Diagnosis
When a heart attack happens, every minute matters. Rapid response can mean the difference between permanent heart muscle damage with limited recovery or even death, and complete recovery with a quick return to an active life. Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics has invested significant resources into equipping and training our skilled staff to provide effective, efficient diagnoses and treatment.
The Chest Pain Center, designed exclusively to care for patients experiencing heart attack symptoms, is a fast-track, user-friendly facility equipped with the nation’s most advanced cardiac monitoring system. The skilled cardiac care team on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is trained to recognize early symptoms and begin immediate treatment. The Chest Pain Center at Mother Frances Hospital remains the region's first and most active nationally accredited chest pain center.
Time Is Muscle
Studies have shown the most crucial element affecting the survival of patients having a heart attack is how quickly the arteries of the heart are re-opened. The time between emergency transport of an acute heart attack patient and a life-saving heart catheterization to open up the blockage is critical. This block of time is known as “door-to-balloon.”
View animation about acute myocardial infarction.
Code STEMI Protocol
According to the American College of Cardiology (ACC), 90 minutes is the critical time threshold for patients. In 2006 the ACC launched a national door-to-balloon quality improvement initiative. Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics was the first hospital in the entire region to implement the Code STEMI protocol in 2006 and participate in this life-saving quality improvement effort.
The streamlined Code STEMI processes implemented at Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital shorten the time required to open the affected artery during a heart attack. Particular attention is paid to minimizing the steps between diagnosing the heart attack and getting the patient to the catheterization lab for the procedure. Since 2006, Code STEMI has reduced transport to treatment time of acute heart attack victims in our facility from greater than 135 minutes to less than 60 minutes--far better than national standards.
Learn more about how Code STEMI works.