Heart attacks. They can strike men or women at any time. In fact, more than a million people in the United States have heart attacks each year. You probably know how serious they can be, but did you know there are different kinds?
STEMI is the deadliest type of heart attack. Short for for ST-elevation myocardial infarction, STEMI is marked by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply, and it is critical that the blockage is cleared without delay. If a person experiencing STEMI is not treated right away, there is a huge risk of disability or even death.
If you or someone you love is struck by STEMI, you need a medical team that can act fast. You’ll find that team right in the Miami-Dade and South Broward community—at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. The national benchmark for STEMI treatment is 90 minutes, but our average consistently beats that benchmark. We know you don’t have a moment to lose.
At Aventura, we will quickly review your electrocardiogram (EKG) and evaluate your condition. Then we may treat you with medication, balloon angioplasty, or surgery. You’ll be on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Heart attacks don’t always come on suddenly. In many cases, symptoms can begin appearing gradually, so it’s important that you know the signs. If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, get medical attention immediately:
- Discomfort in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes—a feeling of heaviness, tightness, squeezing, or pressure
- Chest pain that goes away and then comes back
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, back, arms, jaw, or neck
- Shortness of breath, not associated with physical exertion
- Cold sweats, nausea, or dizziness
Each year, nearly 400,000 people suffer from STEMI, and too many of those patients are not treated quickly enough. You can count on the doctors and nurses at Aventura to give you fast and live-saving attention. Protecting your health is our top priority.