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A heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction or AMI) happens  when the arteries leading to the heart become blocked and the blood supply is slowed or stopped. When the heart muscle can't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, the heart tissue that is affected may die. Studies have shown the most crucial element affecting the survival of patients having a heart attack is how quickly the arteries of the heart are re-opened.

Call 911 immediately and ask EMS to take you to the Chest Pain Center at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

Rapid response and diagnosis

Heart attacks can occur with little warning, and getting to emergency care is vital to your recovery.

Studies have shown the most crucial element affecting the survival of patients having a heart attack is how quickly the arteries of the heart are re-opened. The time between emergency transport of an acute heart attack patient and a life-saving heart catheterization to open up the blockage is critical. This block of time is known as “door-to-balloon.”

The Chest Pain Center, designed exclusively to care for patients experiencing heart attack symptoms, is a fast-track, user-friendly facility equipped with the nation’s most advanced cardiac monitoring system. The skilled cardiac care team on-duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is trained to recognize early symptoms and begin immediate treatment. The Chest Pain Center at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital remains the region's first and most active nationally accredited chest pain center.

Hypothermia (Code COOL)

Mild hypothermia is the only therapy applied in the post-cardiac arrest setting that has been shown to increase survival rates and was noted in the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Guidelines.

The physicians at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital have had great success with this protocol and apply the therapy when deemed necessary. The guidelines identified the need for cooling to occur in the pre-hospital arena, noting that hypothermia should probably be initiated as soon as possible after Return of Spontaneous Circulation.

Learn more about Code COOL from the American Heart Association.

Code STEMI Protocol

Studies have shown the most crucial element affecting the survival of patients having a heart attack is how quickly the arteries of the heart are re-opened. The time between emergency transport of an acute heart attack patient and a life-saving heart catheterization to open up the blockage is critical. This block of time is known as “door-to-balloon."

The streamlined Code STEMI processes implemented at Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital shorten the time required to open the affected artery during a heart attack.