Welcome to the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition / Mission: Lifeline website!

The Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) is a volunteer collaborative organization dedicated to improving care for heart attack patients in Virginia by implementing the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline guidelines and fostering cooperation and coordination among the Commonwealth’s STEMI care providers.  MORE…

VHAC Encourages Agencies to Apply for Mission:Lifeline EMS Recognition

The American Heart Association will be hosting a webinar on November 16, 2017 about the 2018 requirements for Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition. MORE…

2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Criteria Now Available

The application period opens January 1, 2018 MORE...

2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit: Call for Presenters

Oral presenter submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Heart & Stroke Quality Summit. The conference is being held in Raleigh, NC during the week of April 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley hotel. Submit by 11:59 P.M., October 16, 2017 to be considered for an oral presentation. MORE…

STEMI Registries and the Future of Mission:Lifeline in Virginia

Since 2009, the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition has worked closely with the American Heart Association to improve STEMI care in the Commonwealth. A bedrock principle of this effort has been standardized data collection and regional and state level reporting thru the ACTION Registry (jointly run by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology) and Mission:Lifeline. But as of this Spring, the ACC and AHA no longer co-administer this important registry. The ACC will continue with ACTION, while the AHA has introduced a separate product, Get With the Guidelines-CAD. Many Hospitals are now asking whether to stay with ACTION, or go with the AHA’s GWTG-CAD, and what that means for Virginia. MORE…

2017 Annual Meeting Wrap-up and Review

The Virginia Heart Attack Coalition/Mission Lifeline concluded another highly successful annual event last month. Approximately 100 STEMI Stakeholders from across the Commonwealth participated in the 8th annual meeting, held at Centra Lynchburg General in Lynchburg, Va. MORE…

Presentations from the 2017 Annual Meeting

The presentations from our annual meeting are collected on this page and can be viewed here or downloaded in various formats.

“Drive to 75” Campaign Having Impact in Va

STEMI Care: Sustaining the Gains — Slide Presentation

STEMI Care: Sustaining the Gains

EMS Performance Report from Tidewater

Want a great way to highlight EMS heart attack performance and reinforce STEMI best practices?  Check out Chesapeake’s Fire Dept.’s “WOW!FACTOR” …More Great Stuff Brought to you by Tidewater!

STEMI Accelerator 2.0 Progress in Tidewater Virginia

The Duke / AHA STEMI Accelerator story has been one of progress in STEMI care across many regions of the nation. Nowhere is that more evident than in the “Tidewater Region” of Eastern Virginia. MORE…

2016 Annual VHAC State Meeting Wrap-up

The Virginia Heart Attack Coalition/Mission Lifeline concluded another highly successful annual event in Williamsburg.  Approximately 100 STEMI Stakeholders from across the Commonwealth participated in the 6th annual meeting in May. MORE…

Mission: Lifeline is Expanding

Mission:LifelineOn behalf of the American Heart Association, I’m excited to let you know that Mission: Lifeline® is expanding to now include all patients who suffer from both types of myocardial infarctions – STEMI and NSTE-ACS (NonST-Elevation-Acute Cardiac Syndrome). MORE…

STEMI Bill of Rights

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