If you need emergency care immediately, call 911 and stay on the phone for assistance or go to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.
ALMH was selected by Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants in 2004 to pilot the STAT Heart program in Central Illinois because of their consistent record of administering thrombolytics to heart attack patients within 30 minutes of arrival in the ALMH emergency department.
The 90-minute STAT Heart protocol provides patients with a certain type of heart attack, known as an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), are diagnosed and stabilized before they are transported to the cath lab of a larger hospital to receive life-saving angioplasties in 90 minutes or less.
When the STAT Heart system is activated, clinicians from many of ALMH’s departments work as a team to prevent damage caused to the patient’s heart muscle with less then 30 minutes to prepare the patient for transfer.
STAT Heart is not for everyone. Candidates must be under 80 years old, free of other significant health problems and experiencing a certain type of heart attack. Those who do not meet the criteria are still treated promptly with a clinically affective protocol for their medical condition.
You and Your Heart
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms , call 911 and stay on the phone for assistance or go directly to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and comes back or lasts more than a few minutes
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
- Unusual or atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
- Nausea or dizziness
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
- Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
What To Do During a Heart Attack
Heart attacks (and strokes) are literally life-and-death emergencies. Don't delay. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast!
As the American Heart Association reports, new medications and treatments like clot-busting drugs unavailable to patients just a few, short years ago can be administered today and can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress -- reducing disability and saving lives. The key, though, is that these drugs must be administered quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear.
- Quit smoking.
- Decrease your blood pressure if it is too high, have your blood pressure checked regularly.
- Reduce high blood levels of cholesterol and/or triglycerides.
- Be more physically active. Ask your doctor to suggest an appropriate level of exercise that you can do for 30-60 minutes 3-4 times per week.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether there is really a need to consider hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills or whether there are alternatives.
- Ask your doctor if you should take an aspirin daily or another medication.
- Control or delay the onset of diabetes.
- Reduce excess weight or maintain a healthy weight. Ask what your ideal weight is, and if you exceed it by more than 20 percent, ask your doctor to prescribe a diet and exercise program.
- Moderate any use of alcohol.
- Always see your doctor regularly.
Coronary heart disease is America's No. 1 killer. That's why it's so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning signs, and know how to respond quickly and properly if warning signs occur.
To learn more about the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of heart disease, visit memorialheartandvascular.com.