When Your Heart Can't Wait

all heart attacks are created equal. The big one, the one you especially want to avoid, is called a STEMI.

STEMI stands for “ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction.” The “ST segment” isn’t a part of the human body. It’s a section of an electrocardiogram readout representing a phase of your heartbeat.

Though the medical jargon sounds complicated, a STEMI is a simple concept when you’re having one: It’s extremely painful, and it can kill you.

A STEMI is caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply to the heart muscle. When it strikes, speed is the key to survival. By performing advanced cardiac intervention within 90 minutes of a cardiac event, doctors can limit the heart muscle damage. That means a better chance of surviving, and a much healthier heart in the long term.

When someone has a heart attack, it’s a race against the clock to provide the needed care immediately. We have the facilities and the expertise to provide that care, right here, at Bay Area Hospital.


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