When it comes to treating heart attacks, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a national leader in outcomes as measured by the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. Barnes-Jewish achieves heart attack survival rates better than
the U.S.national rate along . Barnes-Jewish is among the ten percent of all hospitals in the nation have
achieved and sustained 100% in-time rate for patients receiving emergency
angioplasty or thrombolytics.
- The only Missouri hospital that has maintained a better
heart attack mortality rate since 2004.
- Achieved 100% in-time rate for patients receiving emergency angioplasty or thrombolytics
- In 2011, “door to balloon” times were less than 90 minutes
for 100% of patients.
- In 2011, Barnes-Jewish was among a select group of hospitals
the AHA recognized in the Mission: Lifeline program for at least 12 months of
85% or higher composite adherence to all elevated myocardial
infarction (STEMI) – the most serious of heart attacks) receiving center performance
achievement indicators and 75% or higher compliance on all STEMI receiving
quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
Each individual may experience symptoms differently; however, the following are the most common symptoms of a heart attack:
- Severe pressure, fullness, squeezing, pain and/or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
- Pain or discomfort that spreads to the shoulders, neck, arms, or jaw
- Chest pain that increases in intensity
- Chest pain that is not relieved by rest or by taking nitroglycerin
- Chest pain that occurs with any/all of the following (additional) symptoms:
- Sweating, cool, clammy skin, and/or paleness
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dizziness or fainting
- Unexplained weakness or fatigue
- Rapid or irregular pulse
Although chest pain is the key warning sign of a heart attack, it may be confused with indigestion, pleurisy, pneumonia, or other disorders. The symptoms of a heart attack may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.
Responding to Heart Attack Warning Signs
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the above warning signs, act immediately. Call 911, or your local emergency number.
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Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center physicians treat STEMI heart attacks throughout all levels of cardiac care.