Wise Regional Health System is among the top 25 percent of U.S. hospitals equipped to help patients suffering from segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that 90 percent of patients suffering from this type of heart attack have a 56 percent higher risk of dying if not treated at a hospital with catheterization services within 30 minutes.
That risk doubles if they are not treated within 90 minutes.
Wise Regional is the only hospital in the region to offer these services, which can minimize damage and reduce the risk of death.
A STEMI heart attack affects a large area of the heart and occurs when blood has been blocked for a prolonged period.