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Rapid Response for Heart Attacks

Swift Action by Memorial's Expert Cardiac Medical Teams Saves Lives 24 Hours a Day


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming a life every 34 seconds. Many of those fatalities could have been prevented. Memorial has carefully developed protocols that emphasize immediate intervention. In fact, immediate intervention saved Christa Childs' life.

Childs, mother of four, was overcome by severe chest pain, dizziness and nausea. Frightened by the terrifying symptoms, her family quickly dialed 911. She insisted that the paramedics take her to a Memorial hospital.

"Code Heart" Alert

Childs was transported to the Memorial Regional Hospital ER where a highly trained and experienced physician quickly assessed her condition and determined that she had suffered a heart attack. Immediately the physician called a "Code Heart," the signal that alerts the appropriate cardiac team that 'time is of the essence' for a heart patient. In mere minutes after the "Code Heart" was called, Childs was rushed to the cardiac catheterization lab, where a cardiac interventionalist performed an emergency angioplasty to clear the blockage that was causing the severe pain and to prevent damage to the heart.

Every Second Makes a Difference

The swift action of Memorial's expert cardiac team made all the difference, resulting in Childs having no permanent heart damage. When a heart attack strikes there is no time to lose, since every second that passes can increase the risk of permanent damage to the heart or possibly even death. "I trusted Memorial's wonderful doctors and nurses totally," says Childs. "I'll never go anywhere else for my medical care."

Available 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

"Code Heart" response teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital West to provide patients with quick access to emergency angioplasty and stenting, two catheter-based procedures that are highly effective at preserving coronary muscle function.

To find a Memorial physician who is committed to patient- and family-centered care, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.