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Level One Heart Attack Program

For patients who are diagnosed with STEMI, a type of heart attack in which a blood clot forms within an artery leading to the heart muscle and completely blocks blood flow, treatment time is an important factor in the patient’s recovery. The goal is to open the blocked artery (angioplasty) 90 minutes or less from the time a patient arrives in the Emergency Department. At Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis Heart Institute ® physicians and staff have worked to lower this goal time –  to just 58 minutes.

As impressive as the time measurement is, there is another significant measurement directly related to these streamlined processes – providing better care for heart attack patients has cut mortality for heart attack patients by 50 percent.

Staff and providers at Minneapolis went even further to establish best possible care for patients who present in Emergency Departments outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

They developed specific protocols, and promoted communication and teamwork between all types of caregivers throughout the region. Patients begin receiving treatment even prior to arriving at Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department. This ensures patients receive the best possible care – no matter where they are when they are diagnosed with STEMI heart attack.

Since the program’s launched in 2003, Minneapolis Heart Institute® has become a well-known model of care for responding to cardiovascular emergencies. Cardiologists and emergency medical providers from hospitals throughout the U.S. have come to learn from Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s model and protocols.

As well, Minneapolis Heart Institute® has used the Level one Heart Attack program as the basis for protocols and communications to more efficiently and effectively treat other cardiovascular emergencies – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Acute Coronary Syndrome (Level Two Heart Attack), Acute Limb Ischemia, Aortic Dissection, and Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Again, hospital providers throughout the U.S. recognize the Minneapolis Heart Institute as the authority in establishing protocols in these areas. In this way, Minneapolis Heart Institute® is setting the standard in cardiovascular care.

More Information
To learn more about the Level One Heart Attack Program, watch this video that describes our program and interviews some of our patients and caregivers. View video using Windows Media Player You may also review the Level One Outcome Report or call us at 612-863-3900.

Cardiovascular Emergency Partner Hospitals

  • Aitkin – Riverwood Healthcare Center
  • Alexandria – Douglas County Hospital
  • Arlington – Sibley Medical Center
  • Blue Earth – United Hospital District
  • Brainerd – St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Cambridge – Cambridge Medical Center
  • Chaska – Two Twelve Medical Center
  • Crosby – Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
  • Faribault – District One Hospital
  • Glencoe – Glencoe Regional Health Services
  • Grand Rapids – Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital
  • Grantsburg,WI – Burnett Medical Center
  • Hutchinson – Hutchinson Medical Center
  • LeSueur – Minnesota Valley Health Center
  • Litchfield – Meeker County Memorial Hospital
  • Minneapolis – Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Monticello – New River Medical Center
  • Mora – FirstLight Health System
  • Morris – Stevens Community Medical Center
  • New Prague – Queen of Peace Hospital
  • New Ulm – New Ulm Medical Center
  • Northfield – Northfield Hospital
  • Olivia – RC Hospitals & Clinics
  • Owatonna – Owatonna Hospital
  • Redwood Falls – Redwood Area Hospital
  • Shakopee – St. Francis Medical Center
  • Sleepy Eye – Sleepy Eye Medical Center
  • Springfield – Springfield Medical Center
  • St. Peter – River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic
  • Waconia – Ridgeview Medical Center