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San Mateo County launches new heart attack care system
May 02, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report
San Mateo County now has a new system of treating the most serious type of heart attack through a coordinated effort offering quicker treatment time, according to the Health System and Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County.

The new program is aimed at the type of heart attack called a ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI. The system begins when 911 is alerted. Paramedics on scene can transit an EKG — a tracing of the heart — before the patient arrives at hospitals designated as STEMI receiving centers which activate a special care team to be ready.

“Studies have demonstrated that when a STEMI system is in place, patients have their symptoms relieved quicker, experience less heart damage and have better long-term outcomes and quality of life,” Dr. Gregory Gilbert, director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, said in a prepared statement.

Gilbert also encouraged those with symptoms of a heart attack, including chest pain or discomfort that may or my not accompany sweating, nausea or shortness of breath, to call 911.

All of the county’s hospitals and Stanford Medical Center worked on the new cardiac care system for more than a year, according to Francine Serafin-Dickson, executive director of the Hospital Consortium.

Local hospitals now designated as STEMI Centers are Seton Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Kaiser Redwood City Medical Center, Sequoia Hospital and Stanford Medical Center.

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