St. Helena Hospital Excels in Life-Saving Cardiac Response

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According to A Recent Report, St. Helena Hospital's Rapid-Response Cardiovascular Team Excels in Life-Saving Cardiac Response, Reducing Wait Times for Patients in the Napa Valley Area

During a heart attack, seconds count. For the most serious type of heart attack, the seconds between onset and appropriate treatment can mean the difference between recovery and death. In 2009 the American Heart Association launched a nationwide initiative, Mission: Lifeline, to improve quality and timeliness of STEMI treatment. The goal is to reduce times – the interval between arrival and start of treatment – to under 90 minutes. St. Helena Hospital’s rapid-response cardiovascular team has reduced their average time to less than 53 minutes.

Time is muscle when dealing with STEMI, ST element myocardial infarction (STEMI). According to a recent report issued by the Coastal Valley EMS Agency, St. Helena Hospital has the most rapid access to life-saving specialized care of any STEMI-equipped hospital in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Average St. Helena “door to balloon” time is 52.7 minutes, 41% better than the national goal and 13% better than the regional and national average of 63 minutes.

St. Helena has consistently been recognized for its superior cardiac care, and is one of the few area hospitals equipped with the rapid-response care team and specialized treatment required for “Code STEMI.” STEMI care ideally begins even before the patient’s arrival, making preparation and effective coordination with EMS essential.

About St. Helena Hospital: With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality health care services, including the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center and Coon Joint Replacement Institute, St. Helena Hospital is one of the nation’s premier health care destinations. The Napa Valley based hospital serves its local communities with comprehensive medical care, including cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedic and behavioral health. For more information, visit


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