Whether you or your loved one need routine cardiac care or require sudden,
unexpected care, Landmark Medical Center is here for you.
We know from our own personal experiences that the need for medical care
can sometimes catch us all by surprise. Should the time come that you
or your family need medical attention, you will become part of our family
here at Landmark. We will diagnose the problem and then put you on the
road to recovery.
About Our Cardiac Program
Landmark Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in Rhode Island
that is equipped to treat STEMI heart patients. Heart attacks are classified
as STEMI (segment elevation myocardial infarction) or non-STEMI depending
on the severity, and each requires a different treatment protocol. A STEMI
heart attack occurs when there is a complete blockage in a coronary artery;
a non-STEMI heart attack occurs with a partial blockage.
Medical research shows that optimal treatment for a heart attack should
begin within one hour of the onset of symptoms. This golden hour is crucial
for reducing mortality and preventing heart damage. Having a quality program
so close to home will ensure that our patients will be more likely to
get the care they need within this important time frame.
In 2009, Rhode Island became the 44th state to allow elective angioplasty
at hospitals that do not offer an open-heart surgery program with the
Rhode Island Department of Health's approval of Landmark Medical Center's
elective angioplasty program. Treatment guidelines for heart attack patients
have changed quite a bit in the past decade, but the fact remains that
access to timely treatment saves lives will never change. Landmarkâ€™s
model of care for heart attack patients is consistent with national trends
and follows strict protocols to ensure high-quality care.