VA Heart Attack Coalition
The Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) is a collaborative partnership among the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, the Virginia Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Project, and many other partners across the state. Working to improve systems of care for the early recognition and treatment of all Virginia residents having heart attacks, the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition is helping to implement the American Heart Association’s community-based national initiative Mission: Lifeline, designed to improve the health care system’s readiness and response to ST-Elevation Heart Attack (STEMI) patients. Please follow this link http://www.virginiaheartattackcoalition.org/index.php for additional information on this important organization.
VHAC / Mission: Lifeline
Dr. Joseph Ornato (VCU) kicked off the day with a presentation on prehospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Behnam Tehrani (INOVA) discussed the heart team and cardiogenic shock. Dr. Peter O’Brien (VHAC co-founder) discussed the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition’s progress to date, challenges and future directions. Dr. Mike Kontos (VCU) reviewed false-positive cardiac cath lab activations.
Representatives of all six VHAC Regions presented their performance data, best practices, and barriers to optimal process improvement and care. The AHAand ACC then hosted a discussion of registry data, the CAD-GWTG and Chest Pain-MI registries and ways to coordinate Virginia’s STEMI data collection and presentation in the future. The end of the meeting witnessed to 24 EMS agencies receiving Mission:Lifeline awards.
Annual Meeting Update
Due to the continued uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, VHAC will not be hosting a State Meeting this Fall. In lieu of an in-person event, we will host two 90 minute virtual state meetings. We hope to provide much of the same content that has made the Annual Meeting such a success: state and regional data reporting, expert opinions and the latest in STEMI and cardiac arrest science. Additional updates will be posted here as they become available.