Stemi Receiving Center for Heart Attacks
If you believe you or someone you know may be having a heart attack, dial 911 immediately and tell them you suspect a heart attack.
Heart Attack: STEMI Receiving Center
The State Department of Health Services and Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency have designated our emergency department as a STEMI Receiving Center (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction), or heart attack treatment center. Patients who show symptoms of an acute heart attack (or acute myocardial infarction) when tested by paramedics with an EKG are brought to the nearest STEMI Receiving Center for care. Our Emergency Department has met the rigorous guidelines to receive this designation, including meeting the "90-minute" goal of restoring blood flow. The STEMI Receiving Team in the Emergency Department coordinates closely with local paramedics, rapidly mobilizing our Providence Coronary Catheterization Team, interventional cardiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons to ensure the best possible outcomes.
We work with our paramedic providers in Torrance and surrounding cities to perform EKGs in the field to identify those patients with heart attacks. Our cardiac team and cardiologists then meet the patient in the Emergency Department and bring them into the cardiac lab for treatment in the shortest possible amount of time.
Our cardiologists perform more than 1,100 cardiac catheterizations each year and more than 500 angioplasties. Our cardiothoracic surgeons perform more than 200 open-heart surgeries each year, including coronary artery bypass graft surgery and valve replacement surgery. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance has been rated "superior" by national guidelines when measuring heart attack Quality Of Care.
Learn The Signs, Symptoms And Treatments For A Heart Attack.