What is a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction (AMI)? A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a section of the heart muscle becomes blocked. If the flow of blood isn’t restored quickly, the section of the heart muscle becomes damaged from lack of oxygen and begins to die.
Since 2004, all Baystate Health facilities have been publicly reporting Heart Attack care through the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). This reporting helps to ensure that every patient who comes to BH with a heart attack receives all appropriate treatments to reduce sickness and death.