That chest pain and heaviness. Discomfort in the arms, neck, or jaw. Shortness of breath.
The symptoms of heart attack can be different for different people, but they can strike men or women at any time. Each year, more than a million people in the United States have heart attacks, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world.
One of the most serious types of heart attack is STEMI, which is short for ST-elevation myocardial infarction. This condition is marked by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply, so it is vital that the blockage is cleared right away. If treatment is delayed, the patient is at risk of disability or even death.
If you or someone you love is struck by STEMI, you need a medical team that can act fast. You’ll find that team at the Chest Pain Center at North Hills Hospital. The national benchmark for STEMI treatment is 90 minutes, but our average is about half that time. We know you don’t have a moment to spare.
If you call 911 for an ambulance, your treatment can begin before you ever come through our doors. The EMS can fax us your electrocardiogram (EKG) while you’re still en route to the hospital, so that when you arrive at North Hills Hospital, we’re ready to treat you quickly. Upon your arrival at North Hills Hospital, we will spring into action. Our physicians will review your EKG and evaluate your condition. Depending on your individual situation, we may treat you with medication, balloon angioplasty, or surgery. We’ll make sure you’re on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
Heart attacks aren’t the same for everyone. In some cases they aren’t sudden, but they come on gradually, so it’s important that you know the signs. If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms or any combination of them, get medical attention immediately:
- Discomfort in the chest—often a feeling of heaviness, tightness, squeezing, or pressure
- Chest pain that goes away and then comes back
- A racing heart
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, back, arms, jaw, or neck
- Shortness of breath, not associated with physical exertion
- Cold sweats
Nearly 400,000 people suffer from STEMI each year, and too often those patients are not treated fast enough. You can count on the doctors and nurses at North Hills to give you quick, critical attention.
To learn more about heart attack and its treatment, contact the Chest Pain Center at North Hills Hospital. Serving North Richland Hills and Northeast Tarrant County, we’re here to answer all your questions.