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Level One Heart Attack Program

Modern medicine can frequently produce excellent outcomes even in life-threatening emergencies. However, the window of opportunity for effective treatment of heart attacks and many other serious health problems is narrow and these conditions often occur far from a major hospital.

At Indiana University Health, we coordinate with hospitals throughout the state to ensure that when patients need our specialized emergency services, they can get to us quickly and we will be ready. Our specialized cardiovascular programs minimize the time to diagnosis and treatment. Diagnoses include:

  • Heart attack. A heart attack is when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to part of the heart, causing tissue death.
  • Vascular emergencies. These include thoracic (chest) aortic aneurysms and dissections, ruptured or symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms, and acute limb ischemia (lack of circulation to an arm or leg).
  • Cardiogenic shock. When the heart suddenly becomes too weak to pump enough blood, typically because it has been damaged by a heart attack, a patient experiences cardiogenic shock.
  • Esophageal emergencies. Tears and other injuries to the esophagus (tube carrying food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach) can be dangerous. Causes can include swallowing a foreign object or a caustic substance.

As physicians at the referring community hospital prepare to transfer patients to us, our multidisciplinary team begins planning for the patient’s urgent care. Recognizing that seconds count, we deliver the best possible results for a wide range of emergency conditions.

In a medical emergency, outcomes often depend on how quickly patients receive appropriate treatment. At Indiana University Health, our Level One emergency programs help you receive advanced treatment without delay from our highly experienced physicians. The moment a physician at a community hospital notifies us of a Level One emergency, we begin a process that involves:

  • Air or ground transport to an IU Health facility in Indianapolis
  • Mobilization of an expert treatment team
  • Activation of time-saving communication protocols
  • Guaranteed bed placement

We have the expertise and resources to save lives in serious health emergencies. Our Level One emergency programs ensure that patients have access to the treatment they need even when they are far from a major hospital.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Level One Heart Attack Program Treatment Information

Our Level One emergency programs provide rapid treatment that can dramatically increase your chance of a good outcome. Here is a summary of key treatment options by condition:


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Level One Heart Attack Program Support Services

At these websites, you can learn more about the conditions that our Level One emergency programs address: