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Are you having a heart attack?

September 11, 2013

If you think you may be having a heart attack— remember time is muscle. Call 911!

When you’re having a heart attack, every minute counts. The American Heart Association recommends that patients who experience a heart attack have their coronary arteries opened within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital—a period commonly referred to as “door-to-balloon” time. “Research has shown that the sooner the artery is opened, the less damage is done to the heart muscle and the better the patient’s chance of recovery,” says Julie Shayne, RNC, CCCC and Chest Pain Coordinator.

St. Mary’s Hospital has the only cardiac catheterization lab providing 24/7 interventional care for acute heart attack patients in Grand Junction. To insure patients receive the best possible care, a heart attack team was formed. This highly skilled team of EMS workers, Emergency Department physicians, nurses and technicians, and laboratory and radiology personnel is dedicated to getting the patient into the lab as quickly as possible. “Our care now exceeds the 90 minute standard, treating heart attack patients on average in 62 minutes from the time they arrive at St. Mary’s,” adds Shayne.

Heart Attack: Know the Signs
Chest discomfort
Pain spreading to the jaw, neck, shoulders or arm
Shortness of breath
Indigestion or gas-like pain
Unexplained weakness, fatigue or dizziness
Pain between the shoulder blades
Sense of impending doom

Visit our Heart and Vascular Services page to learn more.