12-Lead EKG

12-Lead EKG

Pre-Hospital Readings Help Diagnose Heart Attacks Faster


St. Mark's Hospital knows that diagnosing heart attacks faster in Salt Lake County will save lives. That's why our hospital emergency department physicians and cardiologists have partnered with local medical response teams to streamline heart attack diagnosis and treatment processes.

Heart attack victims being transported via ambulance to St. Mark's Hospital are diagnosed in transit by pre-hospital 12-lead EKG technology. This machine shows a full view of the heart and records its electrical activity. This valuable information is transmitted from the ambulance to emergency department physicians at St. Mark's Hospitalto determine if a heart attack has occurred and where in the heart the damage is located. This allows our emergency staff and specialists to have a treatment plan ready and a medical team assembled before the patient even arrives.

A heart attack victim diagnosed in an ambulance bypasses the emergency department triage process and goes straight to the cardiac catheterization lab, where a medical team stands prepared to insert a balloon to unblock a clogged artery. This streamlined process saves time and lives and helps to reduce long-term heart muscle damage.

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