If you think you or a loved one is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to drive to the hospital. Survive, don’t drive.
At St. Francis Medical Center, we know what’s at stake during a heart attack. That’s why we’ve brought together the most advanced emergency heart care technology and a dedicated team ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
You and your family can take comfort knowing your heart is in the right place. Through seamless coordination between our emergency physicians and paramedics at the scene, we’ve dramatically reduced the time to treatment—saving many more lives along the way.
Did you know heart attack symptoms can be different in men and women? Did you know around 85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack? Acting fast when you first notice symptoms is critical. Symptoms common to men and women include:
Symptoms unique to women include:
Symptoms unique to men include:
Symptoms for women can vary from those in men and may be harder to recognize, including jaw and back pain, as well as nausea and other flu-like symptoms. And, while more than half of patients experience warning signs, heart attacks can also strike without notice.
The good news? Eighty percent of heart-related events can be prevented when you know and control your risk factors.
Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) education teaches you to recognize the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. We want you to become educated so you can save a life – even if it’s yours. Click here for additional information from the Deputy Heart Attack (EHAC) program and click here to take the EHAC standard course.
Did you know that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), when performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival? Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. There are two easy steps for hands-only CPR in this order: