Heart Emergency and Trauma
In heart emergencies, such as a heart attack, a few minutes can make a big difference. Pilla Heart Center patients benefit from Abington Memorial Hospital’s rooftop helipad, the only Level II Emergency Trauma Center in the county (treating more than 100,000 emergencies annually), and cardiac-related departments designed in a cluster.
When time is crucial for a heart trauma patient, these advantages speed access to the highest quality emergency medical teams, cardiovascular experts, surgical teams and critical care units. Our dedicated elevator bank connects all areas in the hospital’s Toll Pavilion, including the helipad, trauma center, specialized cardiac surgery rooms, patient care units and the Pilla Heart Center.
Even before patient arrival, our emergency/cardiac team receives information from 12-lead EKG transmissions sent by emergency medical personnel. This enables us to work quickly once the patient is at the hospital.
Our team is available 24-7 to perform leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments for patients arriving in emergency situations. Among those therapies: angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries; angioplasty with stents to support artery walls; laser and rotoblator techniques, to grind down fatty deposits in arteries or break up blood clots; ASD/PFO closure for congenital structural heart repair; and hypothermic cardiac arrest therapy, which lowers body temperature to protect the brain and improve neurological function after a heart attack.
Because of our exceptional heart emergency capabilities, we rank well above the national benchmark for quickly restoring blood flow to the heart for patients arriving at the hospital with a heart attack.
For expertise on heart emergency and trauma, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center.