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Emergency Heart Care

Emergency Heart Care

We are Prepared For Your Heart Emergency

Spartanburg Regional Heart Center is a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center and certified Primary Stroke Center. Using the latest technology and techniques, our heart care experts are committed to providing advanced and innovative heart care for the most serious emergencies. For example, we use technology to get important information about a patient’s heart to the hospital before a patient even arrives. And once you are here, we have invested in the procedures and people to get you the care you need as quickly as possible.

The Heart Center has also reached out to the community. We have partnered with a number of area schools to provide automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, for heart attack emergencies. We also offer CPR training, thanks to a grant from the Heart Division of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation.

Call 9-1-1 for any emergency, so that our team can prepare for your care—before you even arrive.

  • Nationally accredited Chest Pain Center

  • Certified Primary Stroke Center

  • Code STEMI: fast care during a heart attack

  • Code Freeze: brain-saving treatment for a heart attack

  • Make a gift to heart services

Code STEMI: Fast Care During A Heart Attack

Before a patient even arrives at the hospital, our Code STEMI team prepares to provide care—fast. When you call 9-1-1 (instead of driving the patient to the hospital), emergency workers prepare to begin treatment immediately when they reach the patient. They also alert trained staff at the hospital to be ready for the patient’s arrival.

When paramedics reach the patient, they use a hand-held computer and other instruments to send important medical information to a specially trained registered nurse at the Chest Pain Center of Spartanburg Medical Center. Based on that information, they activate Code STEMI, a set of life-saving steps for patients who have a blockage in an artery. STEMI stands for ST (a type of electrical heart current) Elevated Myocardial Infarction (or, heart attack in progress). This process is a way to ensure that a blocked artery is opened within 70 minutes of the time a patient arrives at the hospital. Immediately upon arrival, a team takes the patient directly to the Heart Catheterization Lab for further evaluation and treatment. See our video about Code STEMI.

Code Freeze: Brain-Saving Treatment For A Heart Attack

For some patients suffering from heart attack, cooling the body can reduce the risk of brain damage and increase the chance of survival. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System was the first hospital in South Carolina to offer Code Freeze, a brain-saving treatment for some of the sickest of patients.

During Code Freeze, a specially trained medical team reduces the patient’s body temperature, which protects the brain. During the procedure, the team uses a catheter to insert several balloons through an artery in the leg. They then fill these balloons with a cold liquid. When blood runs over this liquid to and from the heart, it cools the blood, which cools the body and brain. After about 24 hours, the team slowly brings the patient’s body temperature back to normal.

Code Freeze is not the best treatment for every patient, but it’s one of many choices our team has to improve survival after a heart attack.

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