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The Emergency Department team at Palos Health is ready 24/7.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Call 9-1-1 if you think you are experiencing a heart attack. Our Emergency Department team can work with first responders to help prepare for your arrival.

Call 9-1-1 if you have:

  • Chest pain, tightness, squeezing, burning, or pounding
  • Sudden dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Cold sweats

If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to also experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Body aches that worsen with activity
  • Pain in the arms, shoulder, neck, jaw, or back
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Unusual feeling of unease or anxiety

What to Expect at the Emergency Department

When you arrive in our Emergency Department, our doctors will work to identify the type of heart attack you’re experiencing.

You may have one or more of the following treatments:

  • Balloon angioplasty, an interventional cardiology procedure to open a blocked or narrowed blood vessel
  • Medications to dissolve a blood clot, relax or expand the blood vessels, or slow the heart rate
  • Surgery to place a stent, open a blocked artery, or create a new path for blood flow to the heart

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After a Heart Attack

Attend follow-up appointments with your physician to monitor your healing, and take part in cardiac rehabilitation, as appropriate, to strengthen your heart and prevent future emergencies.

Get Emergency Care

If you believe you or a loved is experiencing a heart attack, call 9-1-1 now.ambulance