If you or someone you love is having a heart attack, every minute counts. This is especially true if the heart attack is a STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction). STEMI is marked by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply, so it is critical that medical professionals take quick and effective action.
Each year, about 400,000 people in the United States suffer from STEMI. This deadly type of heart attack affects a large area of the heart muscle and can be detected by electrocardiogram (EKG).
To combat STEMI, national guidelines provide a benchmark of 90 minutes for hospitals. The goal is to provide treatment to unblock the artery within this time period and therefore minimize the damage to the patient’s heart. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center consistently beats that national benchmark. In fact, Aventura’s most recent STEMI time average is 50 minutes.
The D2B Alliance is a program launched by the American College of Cardiology to reduce door-to-balloon (D2B) times. D2B refers to the time between the door, when a patient arrives at the hospital, to and the balloon, which is the treatment often used for STEMI. During angioplasty, a physician inserts a catheter into the heart and then inserts a balloon through the catheter. When the balloon is inflated, the patient’s artery is unblocked, allowing blood to flow again. Another common treatment for STEMI is the insertion of a stent.
The mission of the D2B Alliance is based on the following strategies:
1) An emergency department physician activates the catheterization lab.
2) The catheterization lab is activated with one call.
3) The catheterization lab team is ready in 20 to 30 minutes.
4) The team provides prompt data feedback to physicians and administrators.
5) Senior management is committed to the D2B program.
6) The staff acts with a team-based approach.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, which serves the Miami-Dade and South Broward community, is proud to be a part of the D2B Alliance, and it is in the top 10 percent of participating hospitals. The medical professionals at Aventura know that improving D2B times results in better outcomes for STEMI patients. And attaining better outcomes is what Aventura Hospital is all about.