Heart attack treatment in Thornton

When it comes to treating a heart attack, every minute counts. At North Suburban Medical Center, our cardiac and emergency teams provide patients with rapid, lifesaving heart attack treatment.

If you think someone is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Fast heart attack treatment can save a life.

Interventional cardiology

Interventional cardiology is a specialty of cardiology, which involves catheter-based treatments for heart diseases. The national heart attack treatment standard set by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association is 90 minutes, beginning when the patient enters the emergency room. With our cardiac alert program, our heart doctors are able to consistently meet or exceed the national standard. The national average is 122 minutes.

Heart attack signs and symptoms

Recognizing a heart attack is not easy. Heart attack symptoms often are subtle, but may include one or more of the following:

Typical symptoms

  • Pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Mild to intense pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms

Atypical symptoms

  • Increased and/or irregular heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Fullness, indigestion or choking feeling
  • Sweating, nausea or vomiting
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Extreme weakness or anxiety
  • Intra-scapular pain
  • Jaw pain and/or toothaches
  • Left wrist pain
  • The need to belch
  • Left arm pain
  • Neck pain
  • Increased fatigue/tiredness

Quick responses can save lives. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.