Keeping the beat.
As the only independent cardiology practice in Yakima, the cardiologists of the Yakima Heart Center have responded 24 hours a day, seven days a week to cardiac emergencies throughout the Yakima Valley for over 35 years. Our doctors treat over 90% of the patients with cardiac disease in our community.
When it comes to choosing where to receive treatment for cardiac procedures, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been selected as the hospital of choice by patients for nearly a decade—treating more cardiac disorders annually than any other hospital in the Yakima Valley. Together Memorial and the Heart Center have accomplished incredible results in the battle against heart disease.
Together Memorial and the Heart Center developed an emergency response team to expedite treatment of patients suffering heart attacks. The team assembles and begins preparations as soon as the ambulance alerts the hospital a patient may be having a heart attack. Then they meet the ambulance at the door, ready and waiting to begin treatment.
On average, patients suffering a heart attack can have blockages opened within 65 minutes of walking through the door of the hospital. The national average is 90 minutes.
Memorial’s Institute of Heart and Vascular Health assists over 1,350 cardiac patients each year. The Yakima Heart Center serves nearly 15,000 cardiac patients a year. The combined expertise saves thousands of lives in our community each year.
The quicker you receive care for a cardiac event, the better your chance of recovery. Call 9-1-1 at the first sign of a heart attack—even if you aren’t sure. Better to rule out a heart attack than risk more damage to your heart.
Heart Attack Signs in Women
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the chest—lasting more than a few minutes, or going away and coming back
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but often with some of the other common symptoms, like shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain
Heart Attack Signs in Men
- Chest pain or discomfort that feels like uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain—it may last for more than a few minutes, or come and go
- Discomfort or pain in other areas, such as one or both arms, the neck, jaw, back or stomach
- Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or sweating
- Abdominal discomfort that may feel like indigestion