Mission: Lifeline Ohio

Updated:Jun 12,2014

American Heart Association Mission Lifeline

Each year, thousands of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) fail to receive critical reperfusion therapy for their infarct artery in a timely fashion. Even worse, nearly 30 percent of patients with STEMI do not receive any reperfusion treatment. A STEMI is a severe heart attack caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply that affects a large area of the heart. Almost 400,000 people suffer from a STEMI heart attack each year, which carries a substantial risk of death and disability.

Mission: Lifeline™ is the American Heart Association's national initiative to advance systems of care for STEMI patients. The initiative seeks to reduce mortality and morbidity and improve the overall quality of care for STEMI patients.

The ultimate goal of Mission: Lifeline™ is to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from timely access to the appropriate treatments.

Mission: Lifeline Awards
Data submitted through ACTION Registry®-GWTG™, the approved Mission: Lifeline national registry program, is the basis for identifying award-level achievement on the part of participating hospital teams. Award winners are honored at national and regional conferences and in a congratulatory ad in the Best Hospitals issue of U.S. News & World Report. Public recognition raises awareness of the need for effective STEMI systems of care as well as the lifesaving efforts of specific hospital teams. Currently, the recognition program applies only to STEMI systems of care. Plans are underway to expand the program to include cardiac resuscitation systems of care as well. The full list of 2012 American Heart Association awards is now available! These awards are based on data submitted to ACTION Registry - GWTG in the 2011 calendar year.  Mission: Lifeline awards are listed on page 6. 


Mission: Lifeline Resources  



For more information or to become involved in Mission Lifeline activities in Ohio, please contact Lory Sheeran Winland, Mission: Lifeline Director at lory.winland@heart.org