Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack and can range from elephant-like pressure to heart burn that comes on over time. If you aren’t sure your pain warrants a trip to the hospital – go anyway. Time-to-treatment is critical for physicians to determine the cause and appropriate care.
It can also be helpful know the other warning signs of a heart attack and respond immediately with a call to 911. And, don’t drive yourself to the hospital.
Heart attack warning signs:
- Light-headedness or dizziness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Palpitations (a racing or irregular beat)
- Shortness of breath
- Heavy sweating
St. Elizabeth Healthcare understands the quality of care needed to increase heart attack survival rates. It recently received Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI from the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
“St. Elizabeth Healthcare has demonstrated excellence in caring for heart attack patients and those with chest pain who may or may not be having a heart attack,” said Dr. Kami Tehrani, cardiologist at St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute.
Hospitals that have achieved ACC Accreditation use an evidence-based, systematic approach to care for patients to ensure that they are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.