Chest Pain Center
Guthrie physicians know that time is muscle and the sooner patients are treated, the better their chances of survival. Accredited by the Society for Chest Pain Centers, the Chest Pain Center at Robert Packer Hospital offers highly-trained staff available to evaluate and treat patients with chest pain.
Chest pain may be a sign of a heart attack. Prompt treatment increases the chance of survival.
If a patient believes they are having symptoms of a heart attack, they should dial 9-1-1 immediately. Seeking treatment within the first hour of the onset of symptoms is most effective.
- Learn the signs: Even if you're not sure it’s a heart attack, get checked out. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.
- Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.
- If you don’t have access to emergency medical services (EMS), have someone drive you to the hospital right away. If you’re the one having symptoms, don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.
Heart Attack Recognition: Signs and Symptoms
You may experience 1 or more of these symptoms in combination with each other.
- Chest Pain - may be a crushing sensation, squeezing , pressure, fullness or pain
- Pain radiating down one or both arms
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained jaw pain
- Unexplained back or shoulder blade pain
- Unexplained Nausea/Vomiting or heartburn
- Fainting or passing out
- Unexplained confusion
- Unexplained fatigue or feeling wiped out especially for women or if you have diabetes
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Women may experience atypical symptoms