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Speed Matters in Heart Attacks

The faster you get help during a heart attack, the less damage your heart is likely to have. If you think you’re having a heart attack, call 911 right away. 

Recognizing a Heart Attack

  • Pressure, squeezing, discomfort or pain in the chest
  • Other discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms, or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating

Men may mistakenly attribute chest pain caused by heart attack to indigestion. Women and people with diabetes commonly experience sudden shortness of breath at rest, indigestion and nausea with a heart attack.

Call 9-1-1 Without Delay

During a heart attack, the heart is not getting blood flow. Medications and medical tools can restore the blood flow and save the heart muscle; the quicker this treatment is received, the better the results. Sometimes people do not want to admit there could a problem, and instead brush it off as heart burn. It's better to be safe than sorry - call 911 and get help right away. The ambulance can notify the emergency department and the cardiac catheterization lab and get things started there while they provide initial treatment at home and on the way to the hospital.


When It's a STEMI

A STEMI heart attack (or a ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction ) is a severe heart attack caused by blockage in one or more arteries.

For patients suffering a STEMI heart attack, a lifesaving trip to a 24-hour STEMI Center for urgent intervention could mean the difference between life and death,” says Dr. Troy Falck, medical director of the Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency.

Enloe Medical Center is been designated as a STEMI Receiving Center by Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency (S-SV EMS). In 2010, Enloe became the first such facility between Roseville and the Oregon border.

Time is Muscle

Working in coordination with emergency medical responders, the physicians and staff at STEMI Receiving Centers expedite the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac episodes.

The goal is to have a patient receiving comprehensive treatment within 90 minutes of paramedics’ arrival - a timeframe known as the Door-to-Balloon Golden Rule, because angioplasty is a common procedure for restoring blood flow in the blocked arteries responsible for STEMI.

Regional Routing

In communities that do not have a STEMI Receiving Center, the ambulance may bypass the local hospital in favor of a higher-level trauma center.

That is because not all hospitals have the same capability to treat patients suffering from severe heart attacks. Among the procedures offered at a STEMI center such as Enloe are angioplasty, stenting, thrombolytic therapy and emergency bypass surgery.

Learn More

  • Learn more about STEMI Receiving, then watch our Video Q&A series presented by Harpartap Sandhu, MD, and Neal Cine, RN, JD, CRFN.
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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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    Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award

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