Hospital educates EMTs about deadly heart attack

JONESBORO, AR(KAIT) – Local paramedics learned this weekend how to spot patients sufferingfrom the deadliest form of heart attack.

St. Bernards heldtraining Saturday morning to improve care of patients with ST elevated heartattacks, which is a condition that requires immediate intervention to openblocked veins.

Pam Jeter, theSTEMI coordinator at St. Bernards, says the program will help speed theresponse time for these people.

"The goal is todecrease time it takes to get a patient with an ST elevated heart attack to thecath lab or thrombolytics because there's a 90-minute window for these patientsto have the best outcomes," Jeter said. "We don't only want to save their life.We want to save their lifestyle."

St. Bernardsreserved the first class for emergency responders from a seven-county area.Jeter says the hospital will next reach out to local nurses and doctors foradditional training.

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