To your heart, a few minutes could mean all the time in the world.
Chest discomfort and shortness of breath may be nothing at all, or they could be the signs of a serious heart condition. The key is listening to your body and not ignoring its warning signs. The faster you seek emergency medical help, the greater your chances of receiving lifesaving treatment.
Mercy’s accredited Chest Pain Center located in the Emergency Department allows physicians to reduce the time to treatment during the critical stages of a heart attack. Mercy was the first in the state to receive national accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. We are also are ranked among the top hospitals in the United States in “door-to-balloon” time, averaging just 55 minutes between a heart attack patient's arrival in our Chest Pain Center and the start of lifesaving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as balloon angioplasty or coronary stenting. The national target for time from arrival in the emergency room to the artery being opened is 90 minutes or less.
Rather than wait it out or take a chance, get answers fast from the experts at Mercy Chest Pain Center.
If you experience chest pain, don't wait! Call 911 immediately and get to the nearest Emergency Department!