Chest Pain Center

Efficient & Lifesaving Treatments

As every cardiologist knows, “time is muscle.” That’s why we make every possible effort to expedite care for suspected heart attack patients. We were among the first hospitals in the nation to use paramedic rigs to perform remote electrocardiograms for earlier diagnosis and faster, more effective treatment. In addition, our Emergency Department staff is exceptionally well trained and focused on chest pain syndromes.

Our Haynes Cardiovascular Institute's accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) means we exceed stringent guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to rapidly assess and treat patients using catheterization techniques. This procedure eliminates blockages and reestablishes blood flow to the heart, limiting the extent of injury to the heart muscle.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

The symptoms of coronary disease and a heart attack can be very different in women than in men. While many people expect heart attack pain to feel like a crushing sensation in the chest, women’s symptoms may be dangerously vague. A woman might complain of stomach pain, nausea, dizziness, or sudden anxiety. This can lead to dangerous delays in seeking treatment.

Signs of Heart Attack (common in both men and women)

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Pain that spreads to shoulders, neck, or arms
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath

Common Signs of Heart Attack in Women

  • Stomach or abdominal pain, or unusual chest pain
  • Nausea, dizziness, or a feeling of heartburn (acid indigestion)
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness, or fatigue
  • Palpitations, cold sweat, or paleness

If you have unexplained chest pain lasting more than a few minutes, you should seek emergency medical assistance rather than trying to diagnose the cause yourself.

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