When you think you or someone around you is experiencing a potential heart attack or stroke, there is no time to waste. Perry Memorial Hospital understands the urgency and will take all immediate steps necessary. All myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) and strokes require immediate medical attention.
An ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) is a major heart attack during which one of the main arteries is blocked, preventing blood from flowing properly to the heart. A STEMI requires aggressive treatment in a timely manner to prevent permanent heart damage. Treatment aims to restore circulation to the heart.
Perry Memorial Hospital is a regional STEMI referral hospital, a vital link in the lifeline for heart attack patients. As a critical access hospital, Perry follows the STEMI System of Care – in which Emergency Department physicians and nursing staff coordinate care with the local EMS personnel, where quality and timely patient care is the top priority. Perry follows the 30-minute protocol of door-to-needle time frame. Patients will receive prompt diagnosis and transfer protocol via helicopter or ambulance to one of our regional partners, OSF Peoria or OSF Rockford.
Strokes occur when the brain is not receiving the blood it needs. The exact symptoms vary depending on which area of the brain is affected. Strokes often affect only the left or only the right side of the brain.
Note the time of the first symptom — it’s vital and will affect treatment decisions. Call 9-1-1 immediately! EMS personnel are able to judge the situation, boosting the chance to receive immediate care. Potentially life-saving medication can be administered within three hours of the sudden symptom onset to reverse ischemic stroke.
Symptoms may include:
To lower the chances of brain damage, disability or death, ACT FAST.
If you have stroke symptoms, Perry Emergency Department physicians and nursing staff will perform a rapid assessment, send you for a CT scan and expedite your results. Once a stroke is confirmed, the physician and nursing staff work together to initiate an IV and administer the clot-busting medication. They will also prepare you for rapid transfer to one of our receiving facilities where you may receive additional interventions.
Call 9-1-1 immediately!