Award-Winning Heart Attack Care | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Award-Winning Heart Attack Care

The Fastest Possible Care When Minutes Count

When you have a heart attack, minutes count. The sooner blood flow is restored, the less damage to heart muscle and more chance of survival. When it comes to heart attack, time is muscle. Restoring blood flow quicker gives the heart muscle a better chance to recover and avoid permanent damage.

One type of heart attack, called an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), is particularly dangerous. With a STEMI heart attack, blood flow through a major artery to the heart is completely blocked, leaving your heart with no oxygen. That makes speedy care even more critical.

To deliver the fastest possible care, Norton Heart & Vascular Institute collaborated with other health care providers, emergency medical services, air transport providers and others to deliver the fastest possible care and formed the first regional STEMI Network in Kentucky.

One call mobilizes the entire team, with a goal of opening a blocked artery within 90 minutes after the patient seeks medical help.


Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks — the most severe type of heart attack.

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute’s regional STEMI network provides lifesaving care as quickly as possible, regardless of your location. Our goal is to stabilize you wherever you seek help, transport you to one of our hospitals and get the coronary artery open and blood flow restored to your heart to prevent as much damage as possible.

The American Heart Association awarded its Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold award to Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Brownsboro Hospital and its Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus award to Norton Hospital. These awards are granted when certain criteria and data are met for the care of STEMI patients, those with the most severe type of heart attack.

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital as designated Chest Pain Centers with PCI, and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as a Chest Pain Center. Together this network provides the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Healthcare Heart and Vascular Institute

Every year, about 250,000 people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists for their heart and vascular care. That’s more than any other health care provider.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals in Louisville are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • You have access to more than 50 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 35 advanced practice providers with specialized training and experience in a comprehensive range of conditions and treatments.
  • Patients can make appointments at 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 sites in the region.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, a key location for Norton Heart & Vascular Institute services, has been recognized with a HeartCare Center National Distinction of Excellence year after year by the American College of Cardiology. This is the only hospital in Louisville to be recognized for this distinction.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission: Lifeline Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for the most severe type of heart attacks.
  • Communicate with your health care provider, renew prescriptions, get lab results and more through your free MyNortonChart account.
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