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Nationally accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

This means we have the advanced technology to diagnose chest pain symptoms. It also means our team approach quickly and successfully provides the best treatment for chest pain. Team members include doctors, nurses and emergency medical staff.

To be accredited, our Regional Heart Attack Center had to meet or exceed requirements in eight key areas:

  1. Working with emergency medical staff
  2. Speed of diagnosis and treatment
  3. Effectiveness of treatment for patients with low risk
  4. Improving processes and procedures
  5. Ensuring staff competency
  6. Maintaining organizational structure and commitment 
  7. Design of the center
  8. Outreach to educate the public on heart attack symptoms

Regional Heart Attack Center

A better chance for survival

People who come to the Regional Heart Attack Center at The University of Kansas Health System while having a heart attack are more likely to live. Our survival rates far exceed the national average.

Expert staff

That’s because our emergency and cardiology staff have formed a heart attack team and have advanced training in treating heart pain. And they are involved in research to keep improving and speeding up heart attack treatment. We have partnered with all of our referring ambulance and fire rescue squads to get you the right treatment as fast as possible. When the emergency medical provider or local hospital calls, we assemble a team right away. They’re ready to do what’s needed when you arrive.

Advanced facilities, rapid response

During or after a heart attack, you may need cardiac catheterization to restore blood flow to your heart. Our staff are ready to get you right in to our state-of-the-art catheterization labs. We routinely exceed the national goal of getting a closed artery open within 90 minutes of medical contact.

Why choose The University of Kansas Health System

We are accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This means we have the advanced technology to diagnose chest pain symptoms. It also means our team approach quickly and successfully provides the best treatment for chest pain.

In February 2012, our center was the first in Kansas to become accredited as an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center. This status honors our efforts to speed up treatment for patients with the most deadly type of heart attack – when blood flow to the heart is completely blocked. 

Leaders in prevention and treatment

We are leaders in both prevention and treatment of heart disease. 

  • Our Risk Reduction Clinic is devoted to helping people take control of their heart health. 
  • We participate in a variety of clinical trials to improve prevention and treatment of heart disease. 
  • Our University of Kansas Medical Center partners are known for innovative research into heart disease.
  • People who come to our Regional Heart Attack Center are more likely to survive. 
    • In all areas of heart attack care, we exceed the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally. 
    • Our interventional cardiology specialists open blocked arteries faster than national standards. 
    • Our patients experience fewer complications than the national average. 
    • Although we take care of sicker patients, our mortality rate for heart attack patients is better than the national standard.

Call 911: Every minute counts

If you suspect a heart attack, don’t drive to the hospital. Call 911 immediately. Treatment can begin when the emergency team arrives. Every minute counts. 

Cardiac IDKnow the symptoms & get treatment fast

Wondering if you’ll spot the signs of a heart attack when they happen to you or a loved one? Get your CardiacID card and carry it with you. It will help you ID the symptoms and risks. The faster you get treatment, the more likely you are to survive.