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Warning Signs

Get Immediate Help

If you or someone you're with shows the signs of a heart attack, don't wait to seek help. Calling 911 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. While Emergency Medical Services are treating you on the way to the hospital, a team is preparing for your arrival.

The most appropriate facility in the region to care for heart attack patients is The Medical Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI designated by the American College of Cardiology. Percutaneous coronary intervention, commonly referred to as PCI, is the use of cardiac catheterization to treat the narrowed coronary arteries of the heart. It allows cardiologists to go directly to the source of and open an obstruction, thus preserving heart muscle and potentially reducing death. But if a heart attack patient needs emergency intervention beyond PCI, The Medical Center is the only hospital in Southcentral Kentucky that can perform open heart surgery if needed.

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)

Heart attacks have "beginnings" or early, mild symptoms that can begin about two weeks prior to a major event. This is the window of opportunity to prevent death and minimize heart damage.

Learn the Early Signs & Symptoms

Someone might have one or more of these common symptoms. When they start, they can be mild or come and go. Over time, the symptoms and pain become more intense. Stay alert and always pay attention to chest pressure.

Pledge to Save a Life with EHAC

The American College of Cardiology is promoting early heart attack care (EHAC) and urging healthcare professionals and patients to take the following pledge to help prevent the untimely death and disability from heart disease:

"I understand that heart attacks have beginnings that may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, shoulder and/or arm pain, and weakness. These may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack.

I solemnly pledge that if it happens to me or anyone I know, I will call 9-1-1 or activate our Emergency Medical Services."

The Deputy Heart Attack program provides the essential early heart attack care education to help you save a life! Take the Deputy Heart Attack Course.

Aspirin Can Save Your Life

Medical Center EMS reports that more than half of households who called 911 with heart attack symptoms did not have aspirin on hand. Aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming that could block blood flow to the heart. The American Heart Association recommends keeping 324 mg noncoated aspirin or four baby aspirin on hand in an easily accessible location.