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Healthcare partners collaborate to provide faster, better care for heart attack patients

Healthcare partners collaborate to provide faster, better care for heart attack patients

Heart attack patients now have faster access to life saving cardiac therapy and better recovery as a result of a new state-wide service.

The State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy (SCRS) - led by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) in partnership with NSW Ambulance and the state’s Local Health Districts - is designed to deliver targeted care for patients with a suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome.

The State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy was first introduced across metropolitan Sydney and the Hunter New England area is now available across rural NSW.

It includes different models of care including the Primary Angioplasty Pre-hospital Assessment (PAPA) Paramedic Administered Pre-hospital Thrombolysis (PHT), Clinical Support Model and Nurse Administered Thrombolysis – all designed to increase access to specialist medical advice and lifesaving cardiac therapy for suitable heart attack patients, wherever they live across NSW.

Learn more about the State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy. Watch the video below:

View SCRS information for clinicians (PDF 109KB).

View heart attack information for consumers (PDF 101KB).

Visit our State Cardiac Reperfusion Strategy webpage for further information and resources.

Further information

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

It is very important to recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and immediately ring Triple-Zero (000) for an ambulance.

Symptoms can include tightness, heaviness, pressure or pain in the chest, neck, jaw, back or arms, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, especially if these symptoms come on suddenly.

People may also feel a cold sweat, nausea or dizziness.

The 3 “R’s” of a heart attack are:

  • Recognise the symptoms.
  • Ring Triple Zero (000) and ask for Ambulance.
  • Respond to the advice of the NSW Ambulance call taker.

Visit NSW Ambulance.