Heart Attack Care
Through our HeartWatch program, a multidisciplinary team of physicians, cardiologists, nurses and technicians are activated to prepare for immediate treatment when a heart attack patient is en route.
Our advanced ambulances are equipped to transmit diagnostic information to one of Christian Hospital’s two Emergency Care departments before a patient arrives, to allow for expedited and potentially lifesaving care.
Heart attacks may occur suddenly and with intensity, but they often start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Although they are called heart attacks, many will experience symptoms that can affect other parts of the body. It’s important to know the common warning signs for a heart attack and talk to your doctor about any symptoms that concern you.
Common warning signs of heart attacks:
- Aching, burning, tightness, pressure or stabbing sensation in your chest
- Neck/jaw or throat discomfort, pressure
- Arm/shoulder discomfort, pressure
- Shortness of breath*
- Nausea, vomiting*
- Unusual fatigue
- Abdominal/mid-back discomfort or pressure
- Left side pain*
- Sense of impending doom*
*These symptoms are more common in women than men.
If you or a loved one are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1.
Christian Hospital and Northwest HealthCare, members of BJC HealthCare, provide world-class medical care to the communities of North County, Greater St. Louis County and Southern Illinois.