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Aug 27, 2010 3:01 PM by Carina Corral

Guideline in place for treating San Luis Obispo County's most critical types of heart attack

9-1-1 patients who call with symptoms of a STEMI, or ST-segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, will be taken straight to French Hospital Medical Center.

Symptoms typically include pressure or squeezing pain under the breastbone; discomfort in the arms, back or jaw; shortness of breath; breaking out in a cold sweat; lightheadedness or fainting; and nausea and vomiting.

Before, patients were taken to the closest hospital and then transferred accordingly.

Quickly recognizing and treating a STEMI is critical to reducing heart damage.

The county said French Hospital worked hard to become a STEMI receiving center.

Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital also have this recognition.

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