STEMI Heart Attack
The most deadly type of heart attack is the ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). STEMI is a total or nearly total blockage of a coronary artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to part of the heart muscle. Lack of blood and oxygen causes that part of the heart to fail. Prompt treatment is critical to prevent permanent heart damage or death.
The University of Kansas Health System is a Chest Pain Center accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Cardiac physicians at our Regional Heart Attack Center have the expertise to treat even the most severe heart attack. They work with emergency medical service professionals to begin care as soon as you reach the hospital.
When in doubt, call 911
Don’t drive to the hospital
In the ambulance, care begins right away. Emergency professionals can perform and read your EKG, send results to our emergency department and activate our STEMI team. Our team will meet the ambulance at the ED and immediately take you to our state-of-the-art cath lab to begin treatment.