Emergency Cardiac Care

Many cardiovascular events are emergent by nature, which means that the emergency room is often the first point of contact our health system has with a patient in need of critical cardiac care. Because of this, the Emergency Department at Memorial uses the current best practices and protocols for getting these patients triaged and cared for as quickly as possible. Some of the cardiovascular services and practices utilized by the Emergency Department at Memorial include:

  • 90 Minute Door-to-Balloon Time – The ideal amount of time for patients in cardiac arrest is 90 minutes from the point of ER arrival to the point of having an interventional procedure performed.
  • Defibrillation – In cases where a patient is in severe cardiac arrest, a defibrillator is used to send electrical pulses to the heart to cause the heart muscle to contract and steady the heartbeat.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – Monitoring of the electrical activity of the heart for both the strength and rhythm of a patient’s heartbeat, taken through electrode pads that are adhered to the chest.
  • Cardiac Enzyme Blood Testing – A blood test that checks for certain enzymes that indicate damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack.
  • Spacelabs® Cardiac Monitoring – Special cardiac monitoring devices that consistently measure a patient’s vital signs and will immediately indicate any abnormality or change.
  • Appropriate Referrals and Follow-Ups – Once the emergent cardiac issues are diagnosed or treated by the Emergency Department, the patient is then referred to a specialist for follow up or additional testing.