If you believe you are experiencing the signs of a heart attack – CALL 911 immediately – Do not delay
Heart attacks (called myocardial infarction or MI) are the number one killer of men and women. Half of all adults have several risk factors. The best offense is to know the signs and symptoms.
When a cardiac event happens, be assured, the Hospital Emergency Departments in the Indiana Heart Attack Network (IHAN) are supported by St.Vincent Heart Center Interventional Cardiologists. These cardiologists have extensive training in advanced heart attack triage and emergency treatment protocols. They are available around the clock to ER physicians in the network. That translates into a critical benefit for men and women experiencing a cardiac crisis.
The IHAN has high standards in heart emergency care, exceeding national standards with faster and more consistent heart care delivery. The efficiency of our IHAN patient reception process is a critical component in the success of our care. If necessary these patients will be transported by ambulance or medical helicopter to the Indianapolis area St.Vincent Heart Emergency Centers for critically necessary heart care.
Our two Heart Emergency Centers are open 24/7 located at:
View all St.Vincent Emergency Care Hospitals
Interventional Cardiologists and minimally-invasive heart treatments
Interventional cardiologist are trained to use non-surgical techniques, typically catheter based treatments, for structural heart disease. These specialists treat:
- Coronary artery disease (opening narrowed arteries due to plaque build-up)
- Heart Valve disease (helping to regulate the blood flow throughout the heart chambers)
- Peripheral vascular disease (treating damaged arteries that run throughout the body)
Our Indianapolis-based Interventional Cardiologists are key providers during a heart or stroke emergency. Within the Indiana Heart Attack Network, locally affiliated hospitals and ERs have the expertise of these physicians -- just a phone call away. Using the most advanced heart attack guidelines, the doctors are able to expedite care and transportation to the Heart Center when minutes count.
Throughout the Heart Center Outpatient Heart Care system, interventional cardiologists also diagnose and treat patients with minimally invasive procedures. For example, chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are now treated by St.Vincent Interventional Cardiologists with a new minimally invasive devices called the CrossBoss™ and Stingray™ Coronary CTO Crossing and Re-entry System.
If a patient is not a good candidate for traditional open heart surgery, the CrossBoss CTO device can push through a semi-hard blocked coronary artery. For a more solid blockage, the CrossBoss system can redirect around the blockage through the second layer of the artery without perforating the blood vessel. The Stingray is used to re-enter the inner layer of the blood vessel to create a new pathway and restore blood flow downstream from the blockage.
St.Vincent has a Interventional Cardiology Fellowship program. Click here to learn more.
When a cardiac crisis happens without warning, call 911 immediately.
The St.Vincent Heart Emergency Centers and the Indiana Heart Attack Network treat all types of acute cardiac events such as...
Heart Attacks, affect men and women of all races. (click to enlarge)
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm bursts
- Acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Rupture of the aortic vessel
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm
We also see patients with chronic heart conditions who experience serious symptoms due to medication side effects, an irregular heartbeat, or post-surgery concerns.
For more information about heart and vascular diseases refer to the Health Information Library.