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What is STEMI and the Fatal Mistake of Ignoring Heart Issues

Posted at 5:01 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 13:33:07-05

What is STEMI?

STEMI stands for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, which is a severe heart attack where the coronary artery is completely blocked, diminishing blood flow to the heart. When a patient is treated for acute myocardial infarction, quick response and early, invasive treatment is key, so the entire emergency staff needs to be alerted as soon as possible. The STEMI Alert process involves EMS personnel administering an electrocardiogram (ECG) test before leaving the patient’s location and digitally sending the ECG recordings to an awaiting emergency department. This prepares the STEMI-receiving hospital team for the patient’s arrival.

When someone experiences a severe heart attack, the time between notifying emergency medical staff and receiving treatment is absolutely crucial.

Signs and symptoms of heart attack

  • Sudden pressure or tightening in the center of the chest
  • Pain or discomfort that can spread to the back, shoulder, neck, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating, lightheadedness, or dizziness

When to seek medical attention?
Any sort of pain in the chest is cause for concern. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, pressure, or tightening in your chest, especially if it is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, and sweating, seek emergency medical attention right away.
Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Jordan Valley Medical Center, and Jordan Valley Medical Center-West Valley Campus are STEMI-receiving centers.