Cardiovascular Services

Heart Attack

Door-to-Balloon Time

One of the most common questions that people ask is what to expect if/when they have an actual heart attack. The simple answer: There is hope, but time is of the essence.

Door-to-balloon time refers to the window of opportunity to receive life-saving medical care following a heart attack. While the standard of care is to treat heart attack patients within 90 minutes of arriving at a hospital, we average 56 minutes.

EMHC is committed to expediting and optimizing the time we treat patients during the critical door-to-balloon window. We look at innovations, processes and outcomes critically, and if there are areas for improvement, patients can count on us to improve them.

Though chest pain is the most common symptom of heart attacks in both men
and women, men often experience the following:

  • Discomfort in one or both arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or sweating
  • Abdominal discomfort that may feel like indigestion

While women may experience some of the same symptoms as men during a heart attack, typical female symptoms include the following:

  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Cold sweat

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