Few symptoms are more concerning than chest pain. The first thought that comes to mind is that you might be having a heart attack. Meriter is home to the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Wisconsin - just the 30th in the U.S. Awarded by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Provider Accreditation, this third-party recognition is a strong endorsement of the quality of our care. Our 24-hour center features specially trained staff and the most advanced cardiac diagnostic equipment available to rapidly evaluate your pain and provide the necessary treatment.
Additionally, Meriter consistently achieves 'door to balloon' times (an important measure of effective heart care) within the national standard of less than 90 minutes.
Signs & Symptoms
Every minute counts. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack could save your life or the life of a loved one.
Chest pain, pressure, squeezing or fullness.
Shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or lightheadedness with or without chest pain.
Discomfort in arms, back, jaw, neck or stomach with or without chest pain.
Over 50% of heart attacks have “beginning” symptoms that may come and go for days or weeks. Early symptoms include:
Mild chest pressure, aching or burning that comes and goes.
Chest discomfort that may feel like indigestion.
Possible similar discomforts of the body - with or without chest discomfort - in the inner arm (especially left arm), jaw or teeth.
Chest discomfort that may worsen with physical activity and subside with rest.
Chest discomfort that is "diffused" (not in one specific spot).
Chest discomfort that may come back sooner, last longer or be more severe each time.
Chest discomfort described above that may be accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms.
By recognizing these symptoms and seeking medical attention by calling 911, a heart attack can be minimize or prevented.
Watch Video: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack (provided by the American Heart Association)
Symptoms? Call 911!
If you experience symptoms, call 911 and have emergency personnel transport you to the hospital. They are experts in managing emergencies and have the knowledge and equipment needed to begin treatment of your heart. EMS also maintains two-way communication with the Emergency Department, so that care can be continued as soon as you arrive at the hospital.