With heart attack, every second counts. Call 9-1-1 at first signs.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the San Mateo County Health System and the Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County are joining forces to promote a new countywide campaign aimed at raising public awareness of heart attack symptoms and the importance of immediately dialing 9-1-1 if they, or a loved one, experience symptoms.
The campaign is designed to make everyone aware of the symptoms of a heart attack, which are not always as dramatic they are portrayed in the media. Experiencing any of these symptoms may be an indication of a heart attack:
- Tightening or pressure sensation in the chest or upper body—neck jaw, shoulders, arms
- Shortness of breath
Mills-Peninsula has received official designation from San Mateo County as a STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) receiving center. This is significant because now patients experiencing the most serious type of heart attack can be sent to the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center to receive treatment. Mills-Peninsula is one of only a few hospitals in the area to receive this designation.
The STEMI project is a collaboration of the county, other hospitals in the community and emergency medical services (EMS) to ensure heart attack patients receive the highest standard of cardiac care. This coordinated effort results in a more rapid time to treatment for this most serious form of heart attack. The official start date of the program was May 1.
“We are proud of the care we provide to our patients. For many years, we have diligently worked to improve and expedite the care we provide to our patients,” said Mills-Peninsula Cardiovascular Advance Practice Nurse Sarah Newsom Healy, R.N., CNS, N.P.
New cardiac care techniques and technology are saving lives now at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.
Heart ailments are generally divided into two types – irregular heart rhythms or mechanical blockages. A rapid heart rhythm occurs when electrical impulses cause an abrupt loss of heart function called a cardiac arrest. Cardiologists who deal with these concerns are electrophysiologists.
Blockages, usually caused by a buildup in an artery of fatty deposits called plaque, cut off blood supply to the heart muscle, which leads to a heart attack. Specialists called interventional cardiologists deal with these conditions. Read More about How Technology Boosts Heart Attack Survival Rates