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Heart Emergency Preparedness

During a heart attack, every minute costs more heart muscle. 

That’s why Summa has dramatically cut theAmerican Heart Association Accrediation logo time it takes to stabilize a patient in our ERs, safely transport them to a Summa cath lab, and unblock their coronary artery. On average, Summa stops heart attacks 26 minutes faster than the national standard. In fact, Summa Health System includes the only hospital in Akron or Cleveland to earn AHA designation as a Mission Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center. Learn more about our response times.

Summa Barberton Hospital and Summa Emergency Department at Wadsworth-Rittman are accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Summa Akron City Hospital is accredited as a Mission Lifeline STEMI receiving center and has been re-accredited as a Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is a mechanical means of treating heart attack patients by eliminating blockages in coronary arteries. These accreditations bring the total number of Chest Pain Centers to three within Summa Health System.

Each year, thousands of Americans have a type of heart attack known as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Unless this blockage is eliminated quickly, the patient's health and life are at serious risk. Door-to-balloon time is defined as time measured from the moment a heart attack patient enters a hospital until the blocked artery is opened either through stenting or balloon angioplasty. Quicker treatment means less heart muscle is damaged – which translates to better outcomes for patients. 

Learn more about Summa Cardiovascular Institute's proactive approach on door-to-balloon time by watching our video.

Before symptoms appear, be proactive and take action. Listen to what your heart is telling you. The best way to make sure you have a healthy heart is to know your numbers. Download Summa’s “Interpret Your Numbers" guide to see how your heart measurements compare to the heart healthy guidelines.