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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
Annual Meeting

On Friday, May 17 the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition held its annual State Meeting at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center in Chesterfield, Va. More than 80 attendees heard the latest science on STEMI, cardiac arrest, and cardiogenic shock care, shared best practices, and reviewed state and regional performance data.

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.

The always popular “Science Power Hour” featured a discussion on epinephrine use in pre-hospital care by Forrest Winslow, BSED, RN, NRP and cardiac cath after cardiac arrest (the COACT study) by Dr. Rahul Sharma of Carilion.

Two Mission:Lifeline EMS Award winners with Dr. Mike Kontos and Dr. Peter O'Brien

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.

These informative presentations are now available on the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition website in PDF format. Look for announcements in the coming year regarding the next annual meeting!


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