Acute Myocardial Infarction
Every year, one million people will have acute myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) in the U.S. A heart attack occurs when the blood vessels supplying the heart with oxygen become clogged either by blood clots or plaques. Once the blood flow has been interrupted, the heart muscle begins to die. If blood flow is not restored within a brief timeframe, irreversible damage to the heart muscle will begin to occur, which frequently leads to death.
The goal of care is to immediately treat patients showing signs and symptoms of heart attack and, once diagnosed, to restore blood flow within 30–60 minutes. Working in concert with area hospitals and their cardiology programs, our goal is to provide immediate life-saving treatment and then transfer the patient to the appropriate facility so that patients can be evaluated for treatment in the care setting best suited to their needs.
Aspirin at Arrival
What this means: This measure shows the percentage of heart attack patients who receive aspirin within 24 hours of arrival at hospital.
Why this is important: Aspirin is a drug that can help reduce the severity of the heart attack and improve survival rates by lowering the tendency of blood to clot in the vessels.
What this means: This measure shows the percent of heart attack patients who were given (or took) aspirin within 24 hours of arrival at the hospital.
Why this is important: The heart is a muscle that gets oxygen through blood vessels. Sometimes blood clots can block these blood vessels and the heart can’t get enough oxygen. This can cause a heart attack. Taking an aspirin as soon as symptoms of a heart attack begin may help reduce the severity of the attack.
Data collected by Hospital Compare