Cardiovascular Critical Care

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Critical Care

What is cardiovascular critical care or emergency heart attack care?

North Memorial Health’s Emergency Department and Heart & Vascular Center, together, provide emergency heart attack care that ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation. The primary goal during a heart attack is to open a blocked artery as soon as possible with a specialized balloon and/or stent. The faster the artery is opened, the better the outcome for the customer. The national average for this “door-to-balloon” time is 90 minutes. At North Memorial Health our average is 45 minutes.

When should I seek immediate care?

Call 911 if you have any of these symptoms along with chest pain:

  • A sudden feeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness, or crushing under your breastbone.
  • Chest pain that spreads to your jaw, left arm, or back.
  • Sudden sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long period of inactivity.

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