Thanks to the generous support and substantial investment of the The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and other valued funders and partners, STEMI patients in rural Minnesota will have a chance at better outcomes.  Mission: Lifeline – Rural Minnesota, a three-year initiative led by the American Heart Association (AHA), will enhance the capacity, systematic response, and quality of care provided to Minnesota’s rural STEMI patients; and, by connecting all efforts throughout Minnesota, will result in a statewide STEMI system of care that saves lives throughout the entire state.  Yesterday, details of the program were announced during a press event at the State Capitol.

 Check out this Minnesota Connection news story on the initiative:

A major new initiative from the American Heart Association aims to save lives in Minnesota by improving and streamlining heart attack care in the state.

According to Mindy Cook, director of Mission Lifeline, the project will ensure that all ambulances have the proper equipment to allow for the quick diagnosis of what's called a STEMI heart attack, also known as the "widow maker."

"It's very important to identify that heart attack as early as possible, ideally in the ambulances," she said, "and then have a treatment plan for triaging that patient as quickly as possible at the referral hospital, so the artery can be opened within the guideline time of 90 to 120 minutes." Read more of the story here.