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In a Heartbeat

On April 11, 2006 the Maine Quality Forum launched the In a Heartbeat project. This project seeks to address the creation of an evidence-based, best practice, treatment map for patients suspected of having a heart attack.

Project News

The Maine Quality Forum announces state-wide heart attack awareness train the trainer initiative

Dr. Cutler's Invitation to Participate
Participant Registration
Initiative Outline

Governor Baldacci has signed a proclamation declaring February 2007 as American Heart Month in Maine. Click here to read the proclamation.

MQF has released its December 2006 In a Heartbeat Status Report. Click here to read the report.

Project Description

The In a Heartbeat project seeks to reduce mortality and morbidity that result from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack. The project will involve:

  • Regionally appropriate treatment plans, metrics, and data to be collected, analyzed and shared.

  • Identification of barriers and strategies to overcome those barriers.

  • An Executive Committee to provide oversight, guidance, and advocacy that will consist of representatives in the following categories: emergency department physician, cardiologist, nurse, basic/advanced life support, dispatch, data selection/collection, hospital administration and public awareness/action.

  • Dynamic workgroups to address three specific topics:

Click here for the In a Heartbeat project goals.

Click here for the complete In a Heartbeat project description.

Reference Materials

ACC/AHA Clinical Performance Measures for Adults with STEMI & NSTEMI
(Citation: Krumholz HM, Anderson JL, Brooks NH, Fesmire FM, Lambrew CT, Landrum MB, Weaver WD, Whyte J. ACC/AHA clinical performance measures for adults with ST-elevation and non–ST-elevation myocardial infarction: a report of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Performance Measures (ST-Elevation and Non–ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Performance Measures Writing Committee). Circulation. 2006 Feb 7;113(5):732-61. Epub 2006 Jan 3.

Garvey et al.: Pre-Hospital 12-Lead ECG Programs
(Citation: Garvey JL, MacLeod BA, Sopko G, Hand MM, on behalf of the National Heart Attack Alert Program (NHAAP) Coordinating Committee. Pre-Hospital 12-Lead Electrocardiography Programs. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Feb 7;47(3): 485–91).

McNamera et al.: Effect of Door-to-Balloon Time on Mortality in Patients with STEMI
(Citation: McNamara RL, Wang Y, Herrin J, Curtis JP, Bradley EH, Magid DJ, Peterson ED, Blaney M, Frederick PD, Krumholz HM. Effect of door-to-balloon time on mortality in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Jun 6;47(11): 2180–6).

Related Links


Maine Cardiovascular Health Council

Maine Cardiovascular Health Program

Maine Emergency Medical Services

Other States

Michigan: AMI Guidelines Applied in Practice (GAP) Program (American College of Cardiology website)

Minnesota: Level 1 Heart Attack Program (Minneapolis Heart Institute website: Click "Information for Health Care Professionals," then "MHI's Subspecialty Labs & Clinics," and "Level 1 Heart Attack Program")

North Carolina: RACE Project (NC Chapter of the American College of Cardiology website)


American College of Cardiology

American Heart Association

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