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Heart and Vascular


Issue 1-2: Heart Attack

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Helping Others During a Heart Attack
Life After a Heart Attack
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Know Your Numbers
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Heart Healthy Eating
Reduce Your Sodium Intake
How Can A Cardiologist Help My Heart?
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What to Expect at the ER
Cardiac Rehabilitation

What to Expect at the ER

What to Expect at the ER

When you experience a heart attack or have chest pain, the last thing you should worry about or fear is what to expect when you arrive at the hospital emergency department. We, at ProMedica, want you to remember: Time is muscle! When you enter our emergency room doors, our highly qualified team of nurses and physicians will expedite your care for rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Here are some general tests and treatment you may experience while in our emergency room for a heart attack or chest pain:

•Electrocardiogram (ECG): This painless test records the electrical activity of your heart.
•Heart monitor
•IV to administer medications, as needed
•Blood work
•Chest X-ray
•Appropriate medications
•Consult with a cardiologist
•Education about your plan of care

Your plan of care will depend on past medical history, presenting symptoms, current findings, and medical decision-making.

If you are experiencing a heart attack or having chest pains, CALL 9-1-1. Do NOT drive yourself to the hospital. Or, ask a loved one drive you. Calling your local EMS is like bringing the emergency room right to your home. They can perform an ECG, transport you to the hospital and begin life-saving treatment. Remember: Time is muscle.