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What Is a STEMI?

Last updated 4 years ago

ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI, is a particularly dangerous kind of heart attack. It’s important to go to the emergency room as quickly as possible in the case of a STEMI. This video explains more.

During a STEMI, the coronary artery is completely blocked. This means that blood flow to all parts of the heart supplied by that artery is stopped, and heart muscle begins to die rapidly. STEMIs are considered to be the most dangerous kind of heart attack and require immediate emergency care to preserve as much heart tissue as possible.

The American Heart Association states that patient blood flow should be restored within 90 minutes of arriving at the ER during a STEMI. At Brandon Regional Hospital’s ER, our STEMI treatment time is 55 minutes. Call our Hillsborough County hospital at (888) 327-2636 for more information about our emergency room and cardiovascular care.


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