What is Radial STEMI?

Cancer Care | Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 | No Comments

When a clot blocks blood flow to the heart, heart attack ensues. What happens next?

Cardiologists increasingly use a surgical technique referred to as radial STEMI to treat heart attack patients in the emergency room or critical care center.

What is STEMI?
STEMI is a type of heart attack. The term is a nickname for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. These are big words for a heart attack brought on by a full blockage of the artery, as opposed to an NSTEMI which involves only a partial block. Symptoms are no different from other types of heart attack, so it’s hard to distinguish if you experience or witness it.

How is a STEMI identified?
When a heart attack patient arrives at the emergency facility, staff administer blood tests and an electrocardiogram to determine whether or not the attack qualifies as STEMI. STEMI patients do not undergo open heart surgery. Instead, blocked arteries can be opened by entering the body through the skin. The term radial refers to the radial artery, accessible through the wrist, which is a great alternative to the femoral blood vessel accessed at the groin. By means of these arterial passageways, a stent may be placed inside the damaged artery to enlarge it. A balloon angioplasty procedure is also commonly used.

Why is radial STEMI ideal?
More and more hospitals and cardiologists are choosing the radial STEMI procedure over its alternatives. Radial STEMI consistently provides patients with the following benefits:

  • Less time between the patient’s arrival at the ER and the start of the operation
  • Less bleeding
  • Lower chance of procedural complications
  • Less intrusion
  • Quicker recovery time
  • The ability to walk sooner
  • Less time spent in the hospital

If you detect any possible symptoms of a heart attack, play it safe and call 911 immediately. The Central Florida Cardiac and Vascular Institute offers premier cardiovascular care when minutes count. Learn more about our Cardiovascular Surgery Department online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-447-8206.

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