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Exceptional Heart Attack Care at Barnes Jewish Hospital

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 than 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.

To make an appointment or for help finding a heart or vascular specialist, request a call from a physician referral specialist or call 866-TOP-DOCS (866-867-3627).

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