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Heart and Vascular Center

Emergency Angioplasty

Nationwide, St. Mary Medical Center is among the most successful hospitals in performing emergency angioplasty within 
The emergency rapid reponse team works closely with the cath lab team to quickly restore blood flow to the heart and minimize damage of a heart attack.
the optimal time frame in response to a heart attack.  St. Mary is averaging well below the recommended 90-minute Door-to-Balloon time with a monthly average closer to 77 minutes, and in some cases closer to 50 minutes.  Door-to-balloon time refers to the time frame from a patient’s arrival at the hospital to the physician’s inflation of the angioplasty balloon within the blocked artery. 

Emergency angioplasty is a life-saving emergency procedure that is performed in a cardiac catheterization lab  and uses state-of-the-art technology to locate and open blocked vessels to restore blood flow to the heart.  By quickly locating and treating the site of the blockage, emergency angioplasty reduces the damage to heart muscle and helps to preserve heart function in the future. It is a level of performance in which every second impacts a patient's chance for survival and recovery.  

At St. Mary, the quality commitment to performing emergency angioplasties begins with a rapid diagnosis in the emergency room, as well as the appropriate protocols and staffing in place to perform angioplasty  around the clock – 24/7 – on heart-attack patients. Life-saving angioplasty is safer and patients have better outcomes when physicians and hospital staff have more experience with the procedure. Nearly 4,000 patients are treated annually in the St. Mary Cath Labs, making the labs among the busiest in the region.  To date, nearly 40,000 catheterization procedures have been performed by St. Mary physicians.