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Trinity Team Helps Save Man's Life during Heart Month

On the February 26th, just before 5:00 pm, a STEMI Alert was called in to Trinity Hospital by EMS and shortly after a 25 year old man was rushed into the ED presenting with chest pain. The ED team quickly responded to the STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) -- the most dangerous type of heart attack involving a sudden blockage of one of the three coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart.

Within minutes the patient was moved to the Cath Lab where an aortic root dissection was discovered. An aortic root dissection can quickly lead to death, even with optimal treatment. If the dissection tears the aorta completely open (through all three layers), massive and rapid blood loss occurs. The Cath Lab team quickly stabilized the patient and prepped him for transport to Advocate Christ Medical Center for emergency open heart surgery.

The mortality rate for aortic root dissection is 75% and 50% of patients die before they even reach the hospital. However, thanks to the efforts of Trinity’s teams, the young man survived the transport and subsequent surgery at Christ. We would like to extend a big pat on the back to all those involved in saving the 25 year old young man. Its efforts like these that make Trinity Hospital the best place for patients to heal.

About Trinity Hospital
Providing healthcare on the Southeast Side of Chicago for over 115 years, Advocate Trinity Hospital is a 193-bed not-for-profit health care facility. Part of Advocate Health Care, Trinity offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services as well as a variety of community outreach programs. For more information on Trinity, please visit

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