Texas Medical Center
Heart Attack Program
At Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, physicians and hospital leadership have introduced a collaborative approach that has reduced its average time from entry into the hospital to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to among the lowest in the nation and the lowest of any hospital in the Texas Medical Center.
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is a Cycle II Accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) as designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). PCI is a treatment that unblocks narrowed coronary arteries without performing surgery. The PCI designation is given when a hospital can prove it has all the necessary tools and expertise to clear blockages in a timely fashion. Learn more about Chest Pain Centers.
Now, patients suffering from a heart attack begin receiving treatment in the field by the Houston Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services team. Through the program, paramedics perform an electrocardiogram and send the results directly to our ER physician.
If the patient is suffering from a heart attack, the physician writes an order to administer a half dose of clot-dissolving drugs and our on-call cardiac team is paged to report to the cardiac catheterization lab.
Once the patient arrives, the team quickly inserts and inflates a balloon inside the blocked artery. Blood is restored to the heart within 63 minutes, on average.