If you or someone you know may be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Care for heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)

Our heart doctors are dedicated to providing you with lifesaving, advanced cardiac technology and fast, comprehensive care. 

Aggressive "door-to-balloon time" standards: At Inova, our door-to-balloon time is less than 60 minutes, which is 30 minutes quicker than national guidelines require. Door-to-balloon time measures the amount of time it takes to open your blocked artery after you arrive at the hospital. 

Leaders in acute MI treatments: We coordinate with local Emergency Medical Services to improves the efficiency and effectiveness of our care by sending patient information directly from the ambulance to cardiac doctors waiting in the ER. That way we can have the resources needed, including immediate access to a Catheterization Lab, available upon arrival.  

As the largest heart attack care provider in Northern Virginia, we frequently accept patient transfers from hospitals within a 200-mile radius that includes Virginia, DC, and Maryland for complex cardiovascular cases. We provide AirCare helicopters for these transfers.

Region's only Level 1 trauma center: At our flagship location, Inova Fairfax Hospital, we provide the highest level of emergency treatment available to heart attack patients in our Level 1 trauma center. Our trauma center is equipped with the latest tools and technology and staffed with an experienced, multidisciplinary team of physicians 24 hours a day.

Cardiogenic Shock Team – Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the heart is unable to function, depriving critical organs of the blood they need to function properly. This is a severe complication that may happen during a sudden cardiac event, such as a heart attack. IHVI’s Inova Fairfax Campus offers a dedicated Cardiogenic Shock Team to provide timely decision-making and intervention that is critical to patient survival. This innovative effort involves the expertise of multiple specialists including interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery, advanced heart failure, critical care and emergency medicine. In a one-call activation process, our team is engaged to provide care for our most complex and critically ill patients.

The team focuses on:

  • Rapid diagnosis
  • Early hemodynamic assessment and expedited initiation of mechanical circulatory support (ECMO, Impella, among other interventions)

Five conveniently located, state-of-the-art facilities: Our five hospital-based heart clinics operate as one interconnected unit. No matter which one you enter, you will receive high quality care or seamlessly be sent to a companion facility that can provide the required treatment you need.

Full-time dedicated Coronary Care Unit (CCU): Our CCU is staffed with full-time, dedicated cardiac doctors and nurses who care for heart attack patients in need of continuous monitoring, including electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). EKGs provide crucial data about the electrical activity within the heart.

Award-winning team of heart specialists: IHVI provides consistent high performance for Acute Myocardial Infarction patients. The program’s success has been repeatedly recognized by both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology – the most trusted sources for outcomes-based, continuous quality improvement metrics for in-hospital clinical performance and process-of-care measures.

2017 marked a milestone for IHVI’s Inova Fairfax Medical Campus not only in once again attaining the ACC/NCDR’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award for Care of Acute MI Patients, but also being awarded the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Program for excellence in the care of STEMI patients as well as the Bronze Award for the care of non-STEMI patients. The Platinum and Gold Plus awards are the highest level of performance awarded by ACC/NCDR as well as the AHA.

Inova Alexandria Hospital achieved AHA’s Mission:Lifeline Silver Plus Award for STEMI patients and Silver status for non-STEMI patients.

Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Schaufeld Family Heart Center attained AHA’s Mission:Lifeline Bronze Plus status for STEMI patients and Bronze status for non-STEMI patients.

These awards reflect the caliber of care provided by a highly collaborative team of physicians, nurses and technical staff – encompassing every aspect of care.