GULFPORT, Miss. —Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has been designated as a STEMI Receiving Center by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). A ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), is a type of severe heart attack that requires immediate intervention at a hospital with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Memorial is one of only 21 PCI centers in the state.
The MSDH maintains the Mississippi STEMI System of Care. This ensures hospitals caring for STEMI patients have all the staff and resources necessary and processes in place to provide the best possible care for this acutely critically ill patient population.
Heart attack symptoms can vary in different people and can be different in women than in men. Common heart attack symptoms are:
- Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the center of the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
- Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
- Fullness, indigestion, or heartburn
- Sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, or dizziness
Women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but they are more likely to also have shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Appropriate and timely STEMI care is extremely important and is a community-wide team effort. Memorial, on average, cares for a STEMI patient approximately every other day. The goal is to strive for an acute intervention within 90 minutes.