Welcome to the Region’s Only Heart Hospital
At Swedes, your heart is in good hands. Here you’ll find the most experienced cardiologists, the latest technology, and the best treatments – all in a unique healing environment. The Heart Hospital at SwedishAmerican is unlike any other cardiology facility in the region. More than just a four-story, state-of-the-art building, it is a unique healing environment where family members are encouraged to play a significant role in the healing process.
Swedes holds Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). That means we’re trained to quickly evaluate patients with chest pain and using our expert team to create a plan to help you heal.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack happens when a blocked coronary artery keeps oxygen-rich blood from reaching part of the heart muscle. Without the oxygen it needs, the muscle becomes damaged and struggles to pump. A heart attack can cause permanent damage, but with early treatment, the damage can often be limited.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Chest Discomfort/pressure
- Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Lightheaded or weak feeling
- Change in skin color
- Anxiety, or a feel of impending doom
- Women may experience more subtle symptoms, thinking they have the flu
Don’t be afraid to call 911
Heart attack symptoms can show up weeks before the actual heart attack. Early symptoms such as mild or stuttering chest pain, pressure, burning, aching or tightness should not be ignored. If you do not know the cause of your symptoms, assume it’s a heart attack. Play it safe and get medical care immediately by calling 911.
Risk Factors for a Heart Attack
- Increasing age
- Tobacco Smoke
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obesity or overweight
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Heredity (Children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop it themselves)
- Diet and nutrition
- Gender (Men have a greater risk)