During a heart attack, blocked blood vessels prevent oxygen from getting to the heart. Tissue is lost, and the heart muscle is dying. Minutes matter. That’s why Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Dyer has taken treatment for chest pain to a higher level through its dedicated Chest Pain Center.
The Chest Pain Center’s emergency and cardiac teams are available around-the-clock to stop a heart attack in its tracks with quick diagnosis and intervention, preventing further damage to the heart.
Did you know?
Recognizing and treating a heart attack right away improves your chance for survival. The typical American -- male or female -- waits 2 hours before calling for help.
Signs and Symptoms
Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack and reacting quickly are crucial to saving lives. Call 9-1-1 or get to the Chest Pain Center at St. Margaret Health's if you feel:
Typical signs and symptoms:
- Crushing pain, discomfort, pressure or feeling of fullness or squeezing in the chest
- Discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck or jaw
- Shortness of breath, sudden abnormal sweating or dizziness
Atypical signs and symptoms:
- Fatigue or sudden weakness (especially for female or diabetic patients)
- Nausea, lightheadedness
- Upper abdominal pain
A commitment to excellence
The Chest Pain Center at Franciscan St. Margaret was one of the first accredited centers in Northwest Indiana and is only one of 27 in the state. Accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers means that you can be confident that our Emergency and Cardiac departments have the right specialists, processes and equipment in place to provide the highest level of care for patients experiencing chest pain.