Call 911 for Sudden Chest PainIf you have any sudden or unexplained chest pain, call 911 immediately.
What is Acute Coronary Syndrome?
Symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome
Men and women may not experience the same symptoms (women experience more non-pain symptoms). The most common symptoms are:
- Chest pressure, tightness or pain
- Pain in the left arm or left side of the jaw
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Heartburn or abdominal pain
- Clammy skin
UR Medicine's Treatments for Acute Coronary Syndrome
Doctors in the emergency department may perform several tests, including blood tests and an electrocardiogram, to determine the best treatment.
- Medication: Aspirin, nitroglycerin, and thrombolytics ("clot busters") can be used to improve blood flow to your heart. Local emergency departments are trained in treating acute coronary syndrome and work closely with UR Medicine when patients need to be transferred here.
- Angioplasty and stent placement: A thin tube called a catheter is inserted through a blood vessel and threaded up to the blocked artery. A tiny “balloon” at the end of the catheter opens up the blockage. A stent—a miniature wire tube—is then placed in the blood vessel to allow blood to flow normally.
- Coronary artery bypass surgery: A blood vessel is taken from another part of your body and used to go around (bypass) the blocked coronary artery. This kind of open-heart surgery is used for more severe blockages.
Every Second Counts: After the Heart Attack
"I went into cardiac arrest during a meeting. And that put me in danger of brain damage."
Father Salmon, President of McQuaid Jesuit High School, suffered a cardiac arrest during a meeting. Even if he survived, he was in danger of brain damage.
What Sets Us Apart?
Immediate treatment is crucial. At UR Medicine Cardiac Care, we’ve refined our entire process to minimize the time it takes to get treatment.
UR Medicine is one of the few heart centers in the country able to use temporary heart pumps to help a patient's heart through the period of most intense shock.
We have a Heart Attack Team on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we practice advanced procedures designed specifically to help patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
We also run the region’s only Women’s Heart Program, because there are differences between women and men when it comes to heart problems—including risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. We’ve built a team of experts around personalized heart care for women.
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