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.

Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health offers advanced care for patients experience emergency situations. We have accredited Chest Pain Centers at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center. Once our patients get there, we treat them faster than the national average.


Chest Pain Center

Heart-Renown-Institute-for-Heart-and-Vascular-Tahoe-Tower-EntranceRenown’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.

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 (Door-to-Balloon)

heart-cardiac-catheterization-non-invasive-procedureWhat 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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