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Miami Veterans Hospital: 1 of 12 in STEMI Network for Heart Attacks

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A unique service that sets the Miami Veterans Hospital apart from many other VA facilities is its prestigious listing as one of the STEMI Network hospitals. STEMI stands for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, one of the most serious types of heart attacks. Hospitals in the STEMI network have some of the most advanced systems for treating these types of heart attacks and lowering the cardiac mortality rate.

At the Miami Veterans Hospital, before a patient is brought in, their emergency response team is already sending their information to the doctors on staff, which prepares them to act quickly once the veteran arrives. Within moments, the team is able to assess the veterans’ status and begin the process of removing the artery blockage and inserting a balloon that often saves a patients’ life.

Hospitals certified to be in the STEMI Network have to have a response time of 60 minutes from the moment the veteran enters the hospital doors to the time the balloon is inserted. Many of the South Florida STEMI hospitals have their system down to 40 minutes.

The push to remain compliant with STEMI Network time requirements has also helped hospitals, like the Miami Veterans Hospital, increase communications with EMS and fire rescue teams. This may help with other veterans who suffer medical emergencies, especially veterans with a record of disabling conditions.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-(800)-800-3332.