Heart Attack | Acute Myocardial Infarction | AMI
Our Approach to Care
MaineHealth’s network of community hospitals partners with emergency medical responders to deliver fast treatment for heart attack care to achieve the best outcomes. We work to ensure that patients get the lifesaving treatment they need, no matter where they enter the system of care.
A heart attack also is known as an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A heart attack happens when blood flow is blocked to the heart. A heart attack is a medical emergency. The heart is unable to get oxygen from the blood. Without blood flow, part of the heart muscle becomes damaged or dies.
Fast Treatment for the Best Outcomes
The AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction) Perfuse Program is a regional system for the fastest, most appropriate heart attack care and ensure the best possible outcomes for patients. Emergency medical technicians with advanced training in heart attack care perform tests in the ambulance, so that hospital emergency departments get the information ahead of time.
A response team is ready to provide heart attack treatment as soon as the patient arrives at the hospital. The regional system involves numerous hospitals in central, southern and western Maine, and the emergency medical services providers in the communities they serve.
Heart attack treatment may include medication, changes in lifestyle, and surgery. It also can include cardiac rehabilitation.
Getting Help Fast Can Be a Lifesaver
Learn the heart attack signs. Even if you’re not sure, get help fast. Call 911.
Emergency medical responders are trained to evaluate and to help someone whose heart has stopped. They send information to the hospital’s emergency department before the patient arrives.