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PA I D A D V E R T I S E M E N T Even now, timing is everything in treating a heart attack The emergency room is still the right place for immediate care for heart attacks, with precautions in place for your safety Heather Imel woke one morning to tightness in her chest and numbness in her arm. She didn’t ignore the pain. Instead, she went to the emergency room at an Ascension hospital. Her emergency room care teams immediately ran a series of tests that revealed she’d had a minor heart attack. “I was scared to death,” recalled Heather, “but my doctors reassured me that it was going to be OK.” A minimally invasive heart catheterization revealed she had four blockages and would need open-heart surgery. “Once you recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, taking immediate action is the most important thing you can do to prevent permanent damage to your heart,” said Rodney A. Brown, MD, cardiologist at Ascension Providence. “Patients can trust that our emergency rooms are prepared to deliver urgent heart care with full safety precautions in place.” Don’t delay emergency care for heart attack symptoms “Our research shows some patients are delaying or even avoiding trips to the ER, even when they have heart attack symptoms,” said Brian Becker, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Providence. “Not getting the urgent heart care they need can have a serious and lasting impact on their health. If you have these symptoms, don’t wait – not even a few minutes.” During a heart attack, timing is critical. Every minute that goes by can lead to lost heart muscle and potentially permanent damage. The faster that the flow of blood can be restored to a blocked artery, the better the outcome for patients. The ER at Ascension Providence hospital is open 24/7, with labs and imaging services on-site. Ascension Providence is an American College of Cardiology Platinum Performance Achievement Award-winning hospital. That means its Emergency care teams are able to connect patients to experienced cardiologists, vascular specialists and heart surgeons, who provide personalized follow-up care for heart conditions. This includes vascular specialists trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures; and cardiac rehabilitation. Know the symptoms of a heart attack People who recognize the warning signs of a heart attack – whether in themselves, friends or loved ones – shouldn’t wait to get emergency care. And it’s important to realize that women may experience heart attacks differently than men. Watch for these symptoms and talk about them with loved ones: • Chest pain or discomfort. • Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder. These symptoms may also be present frequently in men but are more common in women: • Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting. • Jaw, neck or back pain. • Shortness of breath. Taking strong precautions to protect patients and caregivers Visits to medical facilities decreased when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began because many people have been concerned about exposure to the virus. But we are fully prepared for your safety in our care. And seeking ER care quickly for serious conditions like heart attacks can help save lives and improve recovery. Ascension Providence has implemented strict precautions throughout the hospital, emergency room and clinics, for the safety of patients and caregivers. Precautions include: • Maintaining proper social distancing in waiting rooms. • Designating separate emergency triage and care areas for patients with symptoms of COVID-19. • Continuing to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). • Screening patients, visitors, doctors, nurses and care teams before they enter the facility. • Extensively cleaning and disinfecting all areas more often. Compassionate, personalized care – even when the need is urgent Heather’s heart health improved considerably following her surgery and rehabilitation. Her family is thankful for the immediate, comprehensive and compassionate care she received from the moment she arrived at the ER to her follow-up appointments. “They really care. They want to make things better,” she said. “They want to make sure you’re given 100 percent of their care.” If you or a loved one is experiencing heart attack symptoms such as pain or discomfort in the chest or arm, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Find the Ascension Providence Hospital ER at GetProvidenceCare.com © Ascension 2020. All rights reserved.