Emergency Services

During a Heart Attack, Every Second Counts

If you or someone you know experiences chest pain, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the Emergency Room.

Rapid Heart Treatment (Door-to-Balloon)

What is door-to-balloon time?

It’s the amount of time between a heart attack patient’s arrival in the ER and the time a doctor opens the blocked artery with a balloon-tipped catheter. This procedure increases a patient’s chances of recovering from a heart attack. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association standard states that this time should not exceed 90 minutes.

Renown rates in the top 10 percent nationally for door-to-balloon time within 90 minutes or less and in the top 10 percent nationally for median door-to-balloon time. This means you receive life-saving treatment within 47 minutes of experiencing a heart attack — well below the national door-to-balloon time guideline of 90 minutes — saving precious heart muscle and saving lives.

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Chest Pain Center

Renown’s two accredited Chest Pain Centers, located at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center, are your first destination when you or a loved one shows symptoms of a possible heart attack. You receive immediate attention in our ER from doctors and nurses specializing in heart-related emergencies.

Renown Regional Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). PCI means we provide emergent heart cath lab services 24/7 for patients experiencing a heart attack.

STEMI, an acronym meaning “ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction,” is the most severe type of heart attack.

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Pain, discomfort, squeezing or tightness in the center of your chest
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or in the neck, jaw or shoulder blades
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain or feeling of indigestion
  • Fatigue


The faster you get to the Emergency Room, the less long-term damage occurs to your heart.

Renown's chest pain team members are experts in caring for heart-related emergencies — whether you are suffering a heart attack or not. With a dedicated cardiac observation area in the ER, you or a loved one will receive immediate attention.

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Heart Failure

Renown Regional Medical Center is the only accredited heart failure center in northern Nevada, which means that you or a loved one with this condition will receive the best care our region has to offer.

Heart failure is not to be confused with a heart attack. Heart failure occurs when heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, high blood pressure, faulty heart valves, abnormal heart beats, inflammation of the heart muscle and other chronic conditions. Eventually, the heart muscle can’t keep up with the pumping demands of the body. It becomes stiff and can’t fill with sufficient blood between heart beats, or the muscle becomes too stretched and weak to pump blood efficiently.

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Heart Failure Program

Our Heart Failure Program begins in the hospital where you receive information on how to maintain good heart health. Your education continues after discharge through the Outpatient Heart Failure Program or in-home visits by a health nurse. You must also follow up with your cardiologist and primary care doctor.

The outpatient program includes a visit with one of our heart nurse navigators, a pharmacist and a dietitian to ensure you understand and can adhere to your individualized healthcare plan.

To learn more about our Heart Failure Program, call us at 775-982-2400.


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