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Emergency Services

STEMI Network

The STEMI Network at Meadows Health is setting the standard of care for patients experiencing cardiac emergencies in Vidalia and surrounding areas.

When a patient experiences a life-threatening STEMI, or an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, the coronary artery is completely blocked off by a blood clot. Without blood flow, virtually all of the heart muscle supplied by the affected artery begins to die. Getting treatment quickly is critical to surviving a STEMI.

The STEMI program at Meadows Health greatly reduces the amount of time for diagnosis and treatment for cardiac patients. EMS providers are able to send cardiac information for heart attack patients from the ambulance to the emergency department prior to the patient’s arrival. This allows the hospital to react faster by preparing for the patient’s arrival and cuts down on the time the patient enters the catheterization lab.