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Emergency Care

Heart-to-heart care in the most advanced surroundings.

Time is often of particular essence in treating emergency heart patients.  Jefferson's emergency department works in close coordination with medical cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventionalists, and surgeons at our Heart Center.  Unlike at some heart centers, our specialists are available and accessible at all times to our emergency-medicine staff.  Whether the event is a heart attack, heart arrhythmia, or other problem, the staff stands on its ability to get patients the right treatment as soon as possible.  It begins with close communication with the emergency-medic and emergency-transport staff and continues throughout all interventions and ongoing care.

Stopping the attack, limiting damage
It is said that "time is heart muscle" in heart attacks, because of the potential for long-lasting damage to the heart wall for every minute that it is deprived of proper blood flow.  Such injury can permanently weaken the heart and eventually lead to heart failure.  With that in mind, center's team uses the most advanced emergency medical treatment, urgent cardiac catheterization, and interventional or surgical care as needed.  In this effort, we support our certified cardiac-care professionals with the most up-to-date facilities, technology, and resources.  A similar approach guides our care of stroke patients.

Aria's catheterization labs provide emergency angioplasty and stent placement, with the back up of our surgeons and operating rooms for patients who require surgical care.  The hospital inpatient cardiac unit provides dedicated care to patients who need intensive, intermediate, or stepped-down care and recovery from a cardiac event and treatment.

Entering into a system of care
Through any emergency phase of care, we pride ourselves on multidisciplinary collaboration in the medical team and on communication with the patient and family.  Clearly explaining the patient's status, options, and needed steps of care is essential for a cohesive experience where all care decisions are based on a fully-informed, knowledgeable process.