Code STEMI Program
When seconds count, the Code STEMI (short for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a very serious type of heart attack) Team at AdventHealth Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute is ready with a dedicated team of interventional cardiologists and an onsite catheterization lab available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Treatment begins as soon as Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel alert the Code STEMI Team via beepers that a patient is in route. The Code STEMI team then jumps into action by advising EMS to conduct 12-lead electrocardiograms before the patient even arrives in the emergency room. If a patient is located outside the area, the Florida Flight 1 helicopter is ready to take flight and transport them to the closest AdventHealth Code STEMI team.
Interventional Cardiology Procedures
We do everything in our power to make sure your cardiovascular system is working as effectively as it should. Here, your heart will be in the hands of a highly trained multidisciplinary team who’s skilled in a variety of interventional cardiology treatments, namely catheter-based procedures. As a leader in clinical research, you’ll have access to some of the latest techniques and therapies to treat your heart disease. Every step, you’ll be backed by a community that’s committed to results.
Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend one of the following procedures:
If you have a blocked or narrow carotid artery, it’s likely being caused by stenosis or a buildup of plaque. An angioplasty is a minimally invasive technique that will increase the blood flow, treating your condition while giving way to a faster recovery and less pain. Here’s how it works: Your interventional cardiologist will gently insert a catheter and guide it to where the blockage is located. A balloon at the end of the catheter will be inflated and used to either flatten the plaque or widen the opening of the artery. In some cases, your surgeon may decide it’s best to place a stent to keep the artery open.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
If your coronary artery is blocked or you have coronary artery disease, your surgeon may perform PCI. This catheter-based procedure widens the vessel, sometimes using stents to keep it open after the procedure. If you’ve have myocardial infarction or unstable angina, PCI may very well reduce your risk of future incidents.
Percutaneous valve replacement
This advanced treatment is a less-invasive alternative to traditional open heart surgery. Your surgeon will replace your damaged or diseased heart valve through a minimally invasive needle puncture, providing you with less pain and a faster recovery.
Because every individual’s condition is different, your team will review every aspect of your medical history and test results thoroughly to determine the best course treatment for you.