The Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Chest Pain Centers strives to quickly diagnose cardiac patients, begin treatment within minutes of arrival and significantly improve the chances of a positive outcome. The Chest Pain Center achieves success with early intervention and rapid initiation of therapy. We follow evidence based protocols established by the American Heart Association. Our goal is to provide the best quality of cardiac care and our chest pain team is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.
The Chest Pain Center at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance provides fast, state-of-the-art treatment to prevent heart attacks. A highly skilled team with advanced knowledge in the management of heart attacks provides rapid therapy to all chest pain patients. Being treated at our Chest Pain Center can make the difference between life and death.
If you or someone else may be having a heart attack:
Call 911 or emergency medical assistance. Don't "tough out" the symptoms of a heart attack for more than five minutes. If you don't have access to emergency medical services, have someone, such as a neighbor or friend, drive you to the nearest hospital. Drive yourself only as a last resort, if there are absolutely no other options. Driving yourself puts you and others at risk if your condition suddenly worsens.
Chew a regular-strength aspirin. Aspirin reduces blood clotting, which can help blood flow through a narrowed artery that's caused a heart attack. However, don't take aspirin if you are allergic to aspirin, have bleeding problems or take another blood-thinning medication, or if your doctor previously told you not to do so.
Take nitroglycerin, if prescribed. If you think you're having a heart attack and your doctor has previously prescribed nitroglycerin for you, take it as directed. Don't take anyone else's nitroglycerin.
Begin CPR on the person having a heart attack, if directed. If the person suspected of having a heart attack is unconscious, a 911 dispatcher or another emergency medical specialist may advise you to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Even if you're not trained, a dispatcher can instruct you in CPR until help arrives. If help from a 911 dispatcher or emergency medical specialist is unavailable, begin CPR. If you don't know CPR, begin pushing hard and fast on the person's chest over the heart — about 100 compressions a minute.
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