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Cardiac Care at Baptist Health Louisville a ‘Lifeline’ for STEMI heart attack patients

When it comes to treating a heart attack, every minute matters.

That’s why the Baptist Health Louisville Cardiac Care Center is committed to following rigorous guidelines and procedures set forth by the American Heart Association to get STEMI* heart attack patients into the Cardiac Cath Lab for angioplasty or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in less than 90 minutes after arrival.

Baptist Louisville has a dedicated multidisciplinary team – including members of Cardiology, Nursing, Cath Lab,  Transport, the Emergency Department and Pharmacy – working together to accomplish this goal.

Thanks to their efforts, Baptist Louisville for the second time has earned the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Baptist Louisville’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI patients.

Baptist Louisville and sister hospital Baptist Health Lexington are the only two hospitals in Kentucky to hold this distinction.

About Mission: Lifeline

Every year, almost 250,000 people experience the STEMI type of heart attack. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to appropriate treatments.

Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline strive to improve care in both acute treatment measures and discharge measures. Systems of care are developed that streamline timely access to appropriate, life-saving treatments. Before they are discharged, appropriate patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation counseling.

Hospitals that receive the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 90 consecutive days that at least 85 percent of eligible STEMI patients (without contraindications) are treated within specific time frames upon entering the hospital and discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.

*What is STEMI?

STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial  Infarction) refers to an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) indication of a blockage to a coronary artery and potential damage to the heart muscle.