Heart Attack Care

During a heart attack, timely medical care could save you or a loved one. That’s why Genesis Heart Institute responds with treatment twice as fast as national standards require. When a heart attack patient arrives in our emergency department, we take an average of just 43 minutes to perform an angioplasty. This minimally invasive procedure opens blocked arteries and restores full blood flow to your heart to stop a heart attack—and preserve your heart. 

If you or someone else experiences heart attack symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.

Symptoms of Heart Attack 

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone else experiences heart attack symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain or pressure that lasts more than a few minutes or fades and returns
  • Discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea 
  • Lightheadedness

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women 

Chest discomfort is the most common sign of heart attack in both women and men. But women may experience a heart attack without chest pressure, and they’re more likely than men to feel other symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, indigestion, anxiety and dizziness. Learn more about the unique signs of and risk factors for heart disease in women.

Rely on Emergency Responders

After noticing signs of a heart attack, don’t try to drive yourself or someone else to the hospital. When you call 9-1-1, specially trained emergency responders will rush to your location and perform an EKG to help determine if there’s damage to your heart. If you get a diagnosis of heart attack, medical professionals will start caring for you in an ambulance and alert the nearest health care facility that treats the condition to prepare for your arrival. That means you’ll receive potentially lifesaving intervention as soon as possible after you reach the hospital.

Regain Strength With Cardiac Rehab

Following a heart attack, take advantage of Genesis’ cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program to increase your strength and endurance. Get personalized guidance in exercising safely, setting fitness goals and achieving your best health.

Meet Heart Attack Survivors

When Diane Smith of rural Grand Mound experienced a heart attack and then cardiac arrest, Genesis Health System locations in DeWitt and Davenport quickly coordinated care that saved her life. Read Diane’s story and other patient stories to learn how Genesis services have helped Quad Cities-area residents recover after heart emergencies.  

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