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Heart Attack

Number One in Western Massachusetts for Heart Attack Care

Think You're Having a Heart Attack?

Call 911 immediately.

EMTs can provide life saving treatment in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

When you’re having a heart attack, you need fast and accurate treatment. Baystate Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with the ability to stop a heart attack in its tracks. Our Regional Heart Attack Program is staffed with a specialty team of doctors, nurses and health care professionals who can quickly evaluate and intervene.

Heart Care That Exceeds National Standard

We consistently rank among the top heart centers in the country, offering:

  • The only cardiac (heart) catheterization laboratory available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for heart and vascular specialists to immediately unblock arteries
  • Lifesaving angioplasty up to 25 minutes sooner than the national standard
  • A door to balloon time ranking in the top 10% in the nation, increasing your chances of survival

STEMI: The Most Severe Heart Attack

STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction) is the most severe type of heart attack, causing a large amount of heart muscle damage and requiring immediate attention. At Baystate Medical Center, we treat over 300 patients with STEMI a year, more than anywhere else in Massachusetts.

Our emergency medical team has a high success rate in recognizing STEMI and providing immediate, lifesaving treatment. Heart specialists use blood tests, electrocardiogram, and other imaging techniques to diagnose STEMI and other heart conditions in order to determine the best type of treatment for your situation.

The Region's STEMI Referral Center

We serve all of western Massachusetts for patients who are having a STEMI. Our local hospital partners, who recognize that the best way to open a blocked artery is by stents, refer all of their STEMIs to us, improving care in their communities.