STEMI Heart Attack Alert System

Acute Myocardial Infarctions

Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The Rogers Fire Department is working to decrease the mortality rate of persons suffering from an Acute Myocardial Infarctions (AMI), or heart attack. Although paramedics carry drugs to reduce the effects of an AMI, surgery is the first treatment of choice. Seconds mean the difference between life and death or between ability and disability. Heart damage can greatly impact your quality of life after an event.


Once our paramedics recognize a S-T Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) in the field, we use our cardiac monitors to send a patient's EKG to the waiting hospital's computer system to activate the surgical resources necessary to fix the problem. While patients are treated and transported, the receiving hospital is already preparing for emergency surgery. In most cases, patients completely bypass the emergency room and go straight from our stretchers to the catheterization laboratory table for surgery. with exceptional equipment and responders.

Quick, Effective, & Professional Care

All members of RFD are Emergency Medical Technicians, with over 60 paramedics. Medical emergencies are prioritized and triaged through our 911 center and managed by both ambulances and fire trucks. This tiered response model allows our citizens to receive quick, effective, and professional emergency care.

The national goal is for heart attack victims to make it from call to surgery in under an hour. With the help of this program, the RFD consistently gets this done in around 30 minutes.

Time-Related to Heart Muscle Loss

  • 30 minutes - 10% loss of affected heart muscle
  • 60 minutes - 30% loss of affected heart muscle
  • 2 hours - 50% loss of affected heart muscle
  • 4 hours - 70% loss of affected heart muscle
  • 6 hours - 90% loss of affected heart muscle
  • 24 hours - 100% loss of affected heart muscle

Additional Information

Learn more about how to recognize and react to a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest by visiting the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website.