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 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 after a heart attack, living with a heart condition or 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.

Classes and Events

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers classes about once a week on a broad range of heart health topics including cooking classes, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and heart failure education workshops, and more.

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About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular conditions — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals 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.
  • We have more than 50 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 35 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgeryelectrophysiologyadvanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in Kentucky.
  • 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.
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