As a leader in heart care, Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s cardiac specialists partner with rural hospitals and medical helicopter and ambulance services to offer the region’s leading heart attack network, saving heart muscle and lives.
The Heart LifeLine Alliance℠ program helps rapidly evaluate and treat patients who are having an acute heart attack, known as ST-elevated myocardial infarctions (STEMI), and facilitate transfer to the cardiac catheter labs at Missouri Baptist when appropriate. Research suggests that opening up a heart-attack-causing blockage with an angioplasty balloon and a stent yields better results than clot-busting drugs.
Utilizing the HLLA, emergency services and transferring hospitals are able to notify and activate the cardiac catheter lab of a patient’s impending arrival. The lab is then prepared and ready so patient can bypass the emergency room and go straight to catheterization, saving minutes and, potentially, heart muscle.
“Decreasing the time it takes to recognize and immediately treat a heart attack or cardiac arrest still remains central to survival,” HLLA medical director Dr. Stuart Higano said.
For the ninth consecutive year, MoBap hosted its annual educational symposium on Oct. 27, 2017. More than 290 attendees, including emergency department physicians and healthcare professionals from area hospitals, as well as EMS professionals, participated in the one-day event, STEMI 2017: Focus on Quality.
Keynote speakers addressed cardiac challenges in the field, and included John Romeo, deputy chief medical officer from the St. Charles County Ambulance District; Nick Harper, deputy chief of EMS from Monarch Fire Protection District; Glenn Buckner, regional educator of patient care services from Air Evac; and Michael Simpson, captain from Community Fire Protection District.
Since 2008, more than 750 patients have benefitted from the Heart LifeLine Alliance.