Why choose a HealthONE ER for heart attack treatment?
Every second counts for a victim of a heart attack, which is why it is essential to get to the closest emergency room, fast. When it comes to expert emergency heart care, look no further than the cardiologists and heart surgeons at the HealthONE family of hospitals in Denver. We have 13 emergency rooms throughout the metro area, meaning you are always close to an experienced team of ER doctors and nurses who are dedicated to treating patients suffering a heart attack.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is interrupted, causing the heart to die. Most heart attacks are the result of plaque or a blood clot limiting blood flow to a section of the heart. Another cause of a heart attack may be a coronary artery spasm, which occurs when a coronary artery narrows due to sporadic contractions. This narrowing restricts the normal levels of blood flow to the heart.
Heart attacks are serious and can be fatal. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack or think someone else is having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
Heart attack symptoms
While the most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain, it may not always be indicative that you are experiencing a heart attack.
Chest pains and pains that occur between the shoulder blades, arm, jaw, left arm or upper abdomen are all telltale signs that something is seriously wrong. Chest pain may be described as burning in the chest or like a clenched fist in the chest (chest pressure or chest tightness). The pain may happen during activity or at rest.
Other symptoms of heart attack may include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Clammy skin, cold sweat or sweating
- Discomfort or tightness of the chest, arm and/or neck
- Indigestion, nausea or vomiting
- Anxiety or a feeling of impending doom
- Sensation of an abnormal heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Shoulder discomfort