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Call 911 for Sudden Chest Pain

If you have any sudden or unexplained chest pain, call 911 immediately.

What is a Heart Attack?

Every year, more than one million Americans have a heart attack. Over 25% of those are fatal. When the blood supply to your heart suddenly becomes blocked, a heart attack occurs. If the blood supply isn’t restored quickly, part of the heart muscle will die due to lack of oxygen.

Symptoms can vary a great deal, and men and women often experience different symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms both genders might feel include:

  • Chest pain, either mild or severe, usually felt as pressure or a squeezing sensation
  • Squeezing pressure in the upper body
  • Pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Nausea or indigestion
  • Vomiting
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Women may more often experience:

  • Arm, shoulder, or neck pain
  • Fatigue and nausea which can be mistaken as a stomach bug or another minor ailment

UR Medicine's Treatments for Heart Attack

Heart disease remains the number one killer in the U.S., and the best way to beat it is to prevent it. UR Medicine’s Preventive Cardiology Program offers the most advanced, proven methods for preventing heart disease and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Our program features:

  • Support in quitting smoking.

  • The Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region's only Women’s Heart Program

  • Diet and exercise programs to help you lose weight and reduce your risk.

  • Heart disease prevention for the whole family, including high-risk relatives.

  • Research and access to the most advanced approaches for preventing heart disease.

Angioplasty and stent placement. A thin tube (catheter) is inserted through a blood vessel and threaded up to the blocked artery. A tiny “balloon” is then used to open up the blockage. A stent—a miniature wire tube—is placed in the blood vessel to hold it open and 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—or bypass—the blocked coronary artery. This open-heart surgery is often used for patients with more severe blockages or those with several blockages.

Clot-busting medications. These medications are given through an IV and do not involve surgery. They can also be given in any area emergency room before patients are transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital for other treatments discussed above.

Patient Stories

Father Salmon

"I went into cardiac arrest during a meeting. And that put me in danger of brain damage."

Duff's Story

His heart stopped beating without warning. Here's what happened next.

What Sets Us Apart?

Recovery from a heart attack depends on how quickly it’s treated. A key way to measure the speed of a facility is its "door-to-balloon time"—from when a patient with a heart attack arrives in the emergency department until that person's coronary artery is re-opened with a balloon catheter.

At UR Medicine Cardiac Care, we’ve optimized our process to cut door-to-balloon time to under 90 minutes, beating the national standard. Our speed in treating heart attacks places us in the top 10% of all hospitals in the country.

Our Heart Attack Team is on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, and we are one of the few heart centers in the country that has the ability to use temporary heart pumps to help a patient's heart through the period of most intense shock.

Other hospitals send us their most challenging cases. They trust us because they know we’re able to treat every kind of cardiac problem, from the simplest to the most complex.

We’re also leaders in clinical research. Our researchers have developed heart care advances and devices that are used around the world.

And we’ve created the Women’s Heart Program, because there are differences between women and men when it comes to heart problems. These include risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. We’ve built an entire team of experts around personalized heart care for women.


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

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20 locations

Cardiac Care - Brighton
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

Cardiac Care - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Cara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Cardiac Care - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 307
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Care - Clifton Springs

Finger Lakes Cardiology
410 Clifton Springs Professional Park
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Cardiac Care - Rochester
Part of Highland Hospital

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Cardiac Care - Irondequoit
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

999 East Ridge Road, Suite 1000
Rochester, NY 14621

Cardiac Care - Penfield
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Suite 200
Penfield, NY 14526

Cardiac Care - Henrietta
Part of Highland Hospital

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
600 Red Creek Drive, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Care - Seneca Falls

Lifecare Medical Associates
1991 Balsley Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Cardiac Care - Brockport
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

Cardiac Care - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street, 3rd floor
Wellsville, NY 14895

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Hornell
Part of St. James Hospital

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 104
Hornell, NY 14843

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center - Brighton
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Canal View Office Complex
140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 104
Rochester, NY 14623

Paul N. Yu Heart Center - Rochester
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14626

Cardiac Care - Brighton
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Canandaigua
Part of FF Thompson Hospital

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Wellsville
Part of Jones Memorial Hospital

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main St​reet
Wellsville, NY 14895

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