Jefferson University Hospitals

Heart Attack

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In the event of a heart attack, every minute counts in minimizing the damage a heart attack can cause. At Jefferson, our medical team is equipped to respond without delay to patients suspected of having a heart attack. Our Emergency Department staff is highly trained to deal with the most critical situations such as patients entering who are experiencing a heart attack or are in heart failure. In fact, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance, Jefferson exceeds the benchmark for treating heart attack patients.

Our medical staff is able to accurately detect and diagnose heart attacks using the advanced Philips Brilliance iCT 256-slice scanner. Jefferson is the only hospital in the Philadelphia region—and one of only a handful in the nation—to offer this technology, which allows us to image arteries and the heart with never-before-seen clarity and details in order to make accurate diagnoses of coronary heart disease.

If you should have a heart attack or are at risk for having one, you can expect personalized, expert care from a world-class medical team at Jefferson. For treating narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, we offer more minimally invasive alternatives to surgery than any other hospital in the Delaware Valley.

Some advanced capabilities that set Jefferson apart in the care of heart attacks include:

  • Our physicians have been using coronary stents for 25 years, which has helped prevent thousands of heart attacks.
  • Jefferson has helped pioneer the use of next-generation drug-eluting stents in angioplasty, and we were the first hospital in Philadelphia to treat patients with them.
  • Jefferson is one of the only medical centers in the U.S. to offer off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, which is performed on the still-beating heart without the use of a heart-lung machine. This has the potential to reduce complications, the risk of stroke and temporary cognitive decline after surgery.

Our physicians were also the first in the Delaware Valley to use low-dose radiation therapy (brachytherapy) to prevent restenosis of coronary arteries in patients who have previously undergone balloon angioplasty.

Heart Attacks in Women

Our physicians are also leading the way in preventing heart disease by identifying and managing risk factors like high blood pressure, stress, family history, smoking, obesity and lipid disorders. This information is extremely beneficial for women as females experience different heart attack warnings than men.