Heart Attack

Virginia Mason Memorial has been the hospital of choice for patients for nearly a decade—treating more cardiac disorders annually than any other hospital in the Yakima Valley.  Working with the cardiologists at Yakima Heart Center, they have developed an emergency response team to expedite treatment of patients suffering from heart attack. The team assembles and begins preparations as soon as Emergency Medical personnel alerts the hospital that a patient may be having a heart attack.

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.

If you think you are having a heart attack or stroke, DO NOT DRIVE!  Call 911 for transport and immediate medical attention. EVERY SECOND COUNTS. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) personnel can relay important medical information to the emergency room so they are prepared and waiting when the ambulance arrives.

Heart attack symptoms 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

Heart attack symptoms 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

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