Aspirus Heart & Vascular

Level 1 Cardiac Care

Saving lives by saving time.

If you have a heart attack you need the right treatment, right away. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend that people suffering severe heart attacks receive balloon angioplasty within 90 minutes of arriving at a hospital.

That is why Aspirus developed the Level 1 Cardiac Care program to treat heart attack patients faster by streamlining diagnosis, transfer, and treatment. By working with emergency departments in regional hospitals, emergency transport crews, and the Aspirus heart team, the Aspirus Level 1 Cardiac Care program is saving lives by saving time and preserving heart muscle. 

Level 1 patients transferred to Aspirus Wausau Hospital receive balloon angioplasty within 30 minutes of arrival.

Studies show angioplasty – physically unblocking a clogged blood vessel – is the best way to avoid death from heart attack. Long-term complications, such as congestive heart failure, can also be avoided.

If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms of a heart attack, you can choose where you receive care. Make sure you receive the fastest and best heart treatment. Tell your providers you want to be taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital.