Our Sentara heart specialists are highly skilled in accurately and rapidly identifying STEMI and NSTEMI heart attacks. A STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction) occurs when the blood vessel to your heart is completely blocked, depriving your heart of oxygen. NSTEMI (non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction) heart attacks are caused by a partially blocked artery.
If you have a complete blockage - the most serious type of heart attack - our team administers emergency treatment right away. Our heart specialists open the blocked artery in less than 60 minutes, surpassing the national standard of 90 minutes. Their quick response can lessen damage to your heart and give you a greater quality of life.
Learn more about how we help you and your loved ones if you have a heart attack:
Your doctor may recommend medication to help your heart. You might receive:
Thrombolytic Medication - This type of medication, known as a "clot buster," helps improve blood flow and prevent tissue or organ damage after you experience a STEMI heart attack.
Blood-thinning Medication - Blood thinners can stop blood clots from forming. Your doctor may recommend one if you have an NSTEMI heart attack. You might take:
- Antiplatelet agents: These medications stop your blood cells, called platelets, from sticking together and developing a clot. Aspirin is the most common antiplatelet medicine.
- Anticoagulants: These drugs interrupt and delay your body's clotting process. Warfarin (Coumadin®) is the most common anticoagulant.