Each year, more than 770,000 Americans suffer a heart attack, and many of them do not survive the first hour. That's why, when treating hearts attacks, every minute matters. The sooner doctors can restore blood flow to the heart, the better a person's chance for survival and recovery.

OhioHealth heart and vascular care experts know immediate response is critical for every heart attack patient coming through our doors. They provide the most advanced, life-saving emergency care to patients 24/7.

Our Mission: Saving Lives

OhioHealth is part of a national program aimed at saving lives and improving quality of care for heart attack patients.

The most serious type of heart attack is known as STEMI, short for ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Almost 400,000 people suffer from a STEMI heart attack each year.

OhioHealth is a participant in Mission: Lifeline, the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance systems of care for STEMI patients. The initiative is a collaborative effort of emergency medical personnel and network hospitals.

We treat patients as quickly as possible once they arrive at our care sites by being prepared before they arrive. Our STEMI alert system notifies our physicians, nurses and other personnel about incoming heart attack victims, while the patients are en route to the hospital. This ensures the catheterization lab is activated to treat the patient as soon as he or she reaches us. This creates a seamless flow of treatment and provides the best outcomes for heart attack patients.

Our emergency alert system for STEMI patients has dramatically reduced time to treatment for thousands of people and has saved lives.

Exceeding National Standards

The time between a patient's arrival at the hospital and the time they receive emergency intervention, such as balloon angioplasty, is known as door-to-balloon time. The American Heart Association recommends that the door-to-balloon time be under 90 minutes. Our system averages less than 45 to 55 minutes.

Best Practices – Best Outcomes

We continually look for ways to improve treatment of heart attacks. For example:

We study what type of treatment is best, depending on how many minutes away the patient is from the hospital.

We measure travel times to determine the quickest way to transport patients who are coming from other hospitals. In some cases, traveling by road actually is faster than by air, our studies found. Measures such as these ensure patients arrive at our cath labs in the most efficient way possible – and that saves lives.

We employ a standardized system for heart-attack care throughout our system of hospitals. That means no matter where you are treated, you will receive the same high level and quality of care.

Our Care Continues

We work diligently to make sure patients survive heart attacks, but our efforts don't end there.

OhioHealth has comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programs to help patients recover from heart attacks and get back to their lives. Our array of services includes diet, exercise and tobacco cessation programs, medical weight management, lipid and anticoagulation clinics and support groups.

Know Your Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It may last more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Women, diabetics and older adults sometimes have little or no chest pain, but may have some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. For more information on the signs and symptoms of heart attacks in women, please visit Medical Cardiology.

Heart Attack Treatments 

PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)
   - angioplasty and stent placement
Balloon pump

CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)

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