Heart Attack Rapid Response Team (HARRT)

On-call Emergency Team for the Treatment of Heart Attacks

Loyola is the first hospital in Illinois, and one of few hospitals in the nation, to staff a Heart Attack Rapid Response Team (HARRT)—a team of board-certified, highly experienced interventional cardiologists, nurses and technicians, who are on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This team allows Loyola to provide life-saving emergency care to heart attack patients immediately upon arrival at the hospital.

Loyola's expert interventional cardiologists each perform approximately 300 angioplasties per year—experience that translates into improved outcomes for Loyola patients. Our HARRT specialists achieve the national standard of 90-minute door-to-balloon time 100 percent of the time. Eighty-nine percent of these procedures are completed within 60 minutes. Loyola has achieved a 15-minute door-to-balloon time, one of the fastest achieved anywhere in the country.

Why Choose Loyola for Heart Attack Treatment?

Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program is ranked 29th in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is the only program in Chicago that has been ranked for 12 years in a row
In addition to an excellent surgical program, Loyola provides expert cardiovascular imaging.  Loyola is one of the few educational institutions in the country offering fellowships in cardiovascular imaging, and all radiologists on our team are fellowship-trained. 

What Happens When You Have a Heart Attack?

When it comes to a life-threatening heart attack, early emergency cardiac care improves patient outcomes. Loyola’s multidisciplinary team of cardiologists has expertise at recognizing heart attack symptoms and providing emergency heart care in less time than other care providers.
If you experience a heart attack, you will receive an angioplasty that clears obstruction and opens your artery, enabling improved blood flow to your heart. Reducing the time from the onset of heart attack symptoms to receiving angioplasty treatment is a coordinated effort that begins with the paramedics who take you to the hospital. 

A growing number of ambulances are equipped with a 12-lead electrocardiogram, which allows paramedics to confirm a heart attack while en route to the hospital. If a heart attack is confirmed, you are taken immediately to Loyola’s cardiac catheterization laboratory for treatment. 

The amount of time from your arrival at the hospital to the time of the balloon angioplasty is called the "door-to-balloon" (D2B) time. This process is most successful if completed within 90 minutes of your arrival to the hospital.