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Heart Health in Simi Valley

During a heart attack, time is muscle

If you or anyone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Chest discomfort — uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain — that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweat, nausea and/or lightheadedness

AHSV is an American Heart Association-accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Resuscitation.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. The heart treatment program at Adventist Health Simi Valley reflects our commitment to prevent and treat heart disease with state-of-the-art care right at home for the residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark and the surrounding communities.

Our heart program links a variety of points of service throughout Adventist Health Simi Valley to provide rapid and effective care for patients with heart disease. In addition, we are continually expanding our communitywide education and other resources to help local residents live a more heart-healthy lifestyle.

A designated STEMI receiving center in Simi Valley

Adventist Health Simi Valley is proud to be a designated STEMI receiving center (SRC) by Ventura County Emergency Medical Services (VCEMS). Because we are now an SRC, when emergency medical personnel confirm a heart attack/STEMI diagnosis, they can bring the patient to the Adventist Health Simi Valley emergency room for treatment.

“STEMI” is a medical term that means heart attack (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction). A STEMI usually requires aggressive treatment in a timely manner to prevent permanent heart damage.

This designation means that people suffering from a heart attack due to blockage will now be transported here by EMS first responders when we are the closest available STEMI receiving center. We serve a combined population of nearly 180,000 people The nearest heart attack care centers are at least 20-40 minutes away.

When a person is having a heart attack, their heart muscle is dying and cannot be restored. Time equals muscle and life! This important designation will save lives and improve quality of life for hundreds of people each year.

Although the hospital has been caring for heart attack patients for several years, those patients have come to the hospital on their own because the EMS personnel are required to take STEMI patients to designated STEMI receiving centers.

Recognized as a “Top Performer”

In the fall of 2014, Adventist Health Simi Valley was recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measures for AMI (acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack) and pneumonia care during 2013. The Joint Commission is the leading independent, nongovernmental accrediting body for healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

The Joint Commission’s Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. This recognition from an independent source demonstrates that Adventist Health Simi Valley is excelling in achieving best practices for patients who have community-acquired pneumonia and AMI. Best practices are actions that have been proven to produce the best results when compared with other options.

For more information, check out our early heart attack signs and symptoms brochure here.

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