LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee Memorial Health System and Lee County EMS teamed up to demonstrate someone experiencing a 'STEMI' heart attack, and how time is of the essence.
The two agencies say a 'STEMI' is one of the most severe types of heart attacks, and every second counts when someone is having a heart attack.
The demonstration began with someone experiencing heart attack symptoms- chest pain and shortness of breath. EMS arrived and took the patient to the hospital. The ER doctor evaluated the patient, called in the cardiologist, and took the patient up to the cath lab where he would undergo surgery. Doctors say the goal is to get the patient from the ER and into angioplasty surgery within 90 minutes.
New technology is helping to speed up the process. Lee County EMS recently purchased new monitors for all ambulances. Those monitors can transmit the patient's EKG results directly to the hospital, while paramedics are still in the field. That helps doctors prepare for the patient that is on his way.
Doctors say if you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 right away and do not drive yourself to the hospital.