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Symptoms of a heart attack

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Chest pain can strike at any time of the day or night. That's why it's good to know that Baptist Health La Grange's Emergency Department is nearby.  

Emergency staff is immediately available to begin treatment of your chest pain. Our average time for administering clot-busting drugs to heart attack patients is 30 minutes -- meeting the American College of Cardiology standard. 

The importance of immediate medical treatment

This year, between four and five million Americans will be assessed in the emergency department for chest pain. Of these, about 1.5 million will be diagnosed with a heart attack. Early diagnosis and treatment of a heart attack significantly reduces the potential for death. It is very important to seek medical treatment immediately when the signs and symptoms of a heart attack occur.

Symptoms of heart attack

Heart attack symptoms include:

  • Pressure or crushing pain in the center of the chest that may radiate down the left arm or into the jaw area;
  • Sweating;
  • Nausea; and/or
  • Shortness of breath.

Any chest pain that lasts more than 10 minutes could be a sign of a heart attack. If you are experiencing such pain, please go to the nearest emergency department.

Although chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack, it can also result from other medical problems. Non-heart-related causes of chest pain can include indigestion, gallbladder attacks, pleurisy, muscle strains, a broken rib, viral infections or a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Some of these problems are serious, but others are not. Baptist Health La Grange's Emergency Department has the resources to care for them all.

Patients who are having a heart attack are stabilized in our Emergency Department. Many cardiac tests and some procedures are provided at Baptist Health La Grange. Others may be accessed at nearby Baptist Health La Grange. Patients may return to the comfort of their community for cardiac rehabilitation at Baptist Health La Grange.