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If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 or your emergency medical system immediately. Some heart attacks come on suddenly and are intense, but others may start out slowly with mild pain and discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and may wait too long before getting help.
If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially one or more of the other signs, don’t wait longer than a few minutes before calling for help. Calling 911 or your emergency response number is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.
The emergency medical services staff can begin treatment as soon as they arrive–up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The EMS staff is trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped.
Source: American Heart Association
With 600,000 people dying from heart disease each year, heart attacks continue to be the leading cause of death in the United States. That’s why at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine, we have trained specialists and advanced technology to care for patients who need immediate cardiovascular medical care.
Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine received full Cycle II with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
“It is crucial that patients have quick access to a physician so they can be evaluated in a timely manner,” said Phillip Hecht, M.D., cardiologist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine. “Our continued systematic approach for our patients has allowed us to reduce the time to treatment during the early stages of a heart attack and provide treatments when they are most effective.”
For more information about emergency services offered at our Emergency Department Chest Pain Center or for a referral to a physician on the medical staff, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or search online.
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