Why a STEMI designation can mean the difference between life and death

April 03, 2014
Because of our designation as a STEMI and stroke receiving center, emergency responders bypass hospitals without this designation and come to Providence Tarzana with patients suffering heart attack or stroke. With teams on site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they are notified of incoming ambulance runs and will be at the door to receive the patient and give them the immediate care required to save a life. In the case of the heart attack patient, this could mean whisking them off to the catheterization lab to open a clogged artery within 60 minutes of ambulance arrival. Heart attack patients may also be recipients of therapeutic hypothermia, an innovative technique where cardiac arrest patients are cooled to 92 degrees to help prevent brain damage caused by a loss of blood supply. PTMC has utilized this successfully on multiple patients.