OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Fastest Heart Attack Care

Following the steps of our STEMI Alert (rapid heart attack treatment) program , we are able to treat and open blocked arteries well within the 90-minute window considered the “gold standard” for rapid heart attack care. The most severe type of a heart attack is a STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) in which fat buildup inside the artery walls blocks all blood flow to the heart.

Why is Rapid Treatment Important?

The longer a heart attack goes untreated, the more damage occurs to the heart. It is important to quickly open blocked arteries in order to restore circulation to the heart and limit heart muscle damage. Guidelines by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association state that artery-opening treatment with restored blood flow occur within 90 minutes of diagnosis.

Our average STEMI time is 49 minutes.

Door-to-balloon time refers to the critical minutes between a heart attack patient's arrival in our Emergency Department and when a blocked artery is reopened. It calls for setting the clock; running from the moment of our patient's first medical contact, either with paramedics in the field or in the hospital, to the moment heart arteries are reopened inside the cath lab.

We are an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Hospital.

We partner with emergency medical services that are equipped and trained to quickly diagnose a STEMI and transmit the EKG results to us while the patient is still in transit.