If you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain, call 911 immediately.

Do not drive to the Emergency Room.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

More than 50 percent of heart attack patients experience early warning signs. If recognized in time, the heart attack can be prevented with early treatment before the heart sustains any damage.

Early signs and symptoms that can begin hours or days before a heart attack, such as:

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing, burning, aching or tightness

  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Indigestion

These symptoms may come and go until becoming constant and severe. Remember, people may or may not experience any of these symptoms.

During a Heart Attack, Every Second Counts

The Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health has advanced care for patients in emergency situations.

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.

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.

Rapid Heart Treatment

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 is called "door-to-balloon" time.

This procedure increases a patient’s chances of recovering from a heart attack, and according to the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, the door-to-balloon time should not exceed 90 minutes.

The door-to-balloon time average at Renown is 47 minutes, which is almost half the maximum time guideline, and good enough to rank among the top ten percent of hospitals nationally.

This rapid response time saves lives and spares precious heart muscle for the best possible outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a stent and how is one used?
A stent is a metal mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. The stent is collapsed to a small diameter and put over a balloon catheter. It's then moved into the area of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands and locks in place to hold the artery open. The stent holds the artery open permanently to improve blood flow to the heart and relieve chest pain. A few weeks after the stent is placed, the inside lining of the artery (the endothelium) grows over the metal surface of the stent.

When are stents used?
Stents are used depending on the size of the artery and location of the blockage. Stenting is a fairly common procedure; in fact, over 70 percent of coronary angioplasty procedures also include stenting.

What are the advantages of using a stent?
In certain patients, stents reduce the re-narrowing that can occur after balloon angioplasty or other procedures that use catheters. Stents also help restore normal blood flow and keep an artery open.

Coated stents are stents that slowly release a drug that reduces the rate of re-blockage that occurs with existing stents and angioplasty procedures.