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Chico, CA 95926

Ambulance getting heart patient to the hospitalHeart Attack Care

A STEMI Receiving Center

Not all hospitals have the same capabilities to treat heart issues or severe heart attacks. Enloe pairs award-winning cardiac treatment with compassionate care.

In 2010, Enloe Medical Center became the first hospital from Sacramento to the Oregon border to become a heart STEMI Receiving Center. What does that mean for you? That Enloe caregivers can treat ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarctions. Sometimes called widowmaker heart attacks, these severe heart attacks occur when one or more arteries is completely or almost completely blocked.

EMS agencies certify hospitals as STEMI Receiving Centers if they’re equipped to care for these heart emergencies.

“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,” said Dr. Troy Falck, medical director of the Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency.

Dr. Miguel PuigThe STEMI Response

The STEMI response begins when an ambulance or fire department responds to an emergency. If the person shows signs of having a heart attack, caregivers perform an electrocardiogram (ECG) using equipment provided by the STEMI Receiving Center. Then the ECG goes to the hospital.

When Enloe receives an ECG showing a possible STEMI, a team of physicians, cardiologists, nurses and other caregivers get ready for the patient's arrival. This team approach speeds up the treatment.

The national standard is to open a blocked vessel within 90 minutes of the initial heart attack diagnosis. This timeframe is known as the Door-to-Balloon Golden Rule. That's because angioplasty, which employs small balloons, is often used to restore blood flow in the blocked arteries. Studies show that this quick treatment saves heart muscle and reduces heart damage after heart attacks. Statistics also show that STEMI response improves your chance for survival.

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Know the Signs

Every year, more than 800,000 Americans have heart attacks. Know the signs. Symptoms of a heart attack for women and men can vary but include chest pain and pressure. Learn the signs and see if you’re at risk for heart attack. Then see what you can do now to prevent a heart attack and what lifestyle changes you can implement after a heart attack for a healthier you.

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