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While a heart attack patient is still on the way to the hospital, UofL Health - Jewish Hospital physicians can get the vital data they need to make a diagnosis. If the heart attack requires intervention, we can activate our cardiac cath team immediately, allowing us to provide lifesaving care faster than ever before. It's all possible because of the STEMI network created by UofL Health - Jewish Hospital, part of Kentucky One Health, and regional EMS providers. It ensures the area's quickest access to care that can stop a heart attack in progress. So why trust your heart to anyone but Jewish Heart Care?
As the region's heart leader, Jewish Heart Care, a part of UofL Health, works with regional Emergency Medical Systems to provide the fastest access to lifesaving care through our STEMI network. Jewish Heart Care’s STEMI network reduces time between heart attack and care. Patients presenting with symptoms of myocardial infarction (heart attack) may be cared for by a special Heart Care team that will bypass the traditional Emergency Room and take patients directly to the cardiac catheterization lab. For patients with a heart attack or a complete blockage of the coronary artery, this ensures the fastest access to lifesaving care.
STEMI is an acronym meaning “ST segment elevation myocardial infarction,” which is a type of severe heart attack. While all heart attacks are serious, those considered a STEMI – which involve a total artery blockage – require the quickest treatment. Because of the total blockage, STEMI heart attacks cause rapid loss of heart muscle that cannot be regenerated. In these situations, time saved is muscle saved.
Through our STEMI network, the UofL Health - Jewish Hospital Emergency Department receives EKG results transmitted wirelessly by regional EMS providers when they suspect that a patient is having a STEMI in the field. Once the emergency department receives the patient’s EKG, and a total blockage is suspected, the emergency physician will then activate the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) team. When EMS arrives at UofL Health - Jewish Hospital, hospital staff will transport the patient directly to the cath lab, allowing physicians to clear the blockage sooner.
Learn more about the STEMI Network and patient care services offered.