Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. nationwide annually. This year an estimated 1.4 million people will suffer a heart attack. Approximately 400,000 of those victims will experience a STEMI.
Unfortunately, approximately 30% of STEMI patients do not receive any form of treatment to restore blood flow, whether through clot-busting drugs commonly referred to as thrombolytics or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the latter being the preferred therapy which uses mechanical means such as stents, balloon angioplasty or surgery.
Time is muscle. The outcome of STEMI events depends greatly on the care patients receive and the timeframe in which they receive it. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology's guidelines recommend that balloon angioplasty be performed within 90 minutes - preferably less - of arrival at any hospital.
In partnership with the medical community, this collaboration has the power to transform patient care for future heart attack victims in Minnesota. This innovative regional collaboration will work to ensure equipment compatibility, consistent training and uniform protocols for both transporting and treating heart attack patients across the region.
Resources for Minnesota Mission: Lifeline
MN Statewide Guidelines
Minnesota Chest Pain and Acute Coronary Syndrome Tool-Kit (PDF)
ML MN EMS Transport Guideline April 2015 (PDF)
MN EMS STEMI Transfer Flowchart July 2015 (PDF)
MDH Programs and Initiatives in Health Care: STEMI Systems of Care
CDC Wonder Mortality data (link opens in new window)
American Heart Association Quick Links
2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Non–ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes(link opens in new window)
American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care(link opens in new window)
Focus on Quality - American Heart Association
Hospital Accreditation & Certification
Mission: Lifeline Tools for External Customers
Media Materials and PSAs
Mindy Cook, BSN
Sr. Quality & Systems Improvement Director
O: (952) 278-7938
O: (952) 278-7934
American Heart Association
2750 Blue Water Rd. Ste, 250
Eagan, MN 55121