When a heart attack strikes, every minute counts. In the race against time, Carolinas HealthCare System is more than 15 minutes faster than the national average at treating heart attacks, and has long defined the world-class standard of excellence.

Each year, an estimated 610,000 Americans have their first heart attack. Another 325,000 people will have a recurrent attack. In these life-threatening emergencies, it’s vital to know that rapid, advanced expertise is in your own backyard. Carolinas HealthCare System’s Chest Pain Network has nine accredited Chest Pain Centers dedicated to rapid delivery of care for patients having chest pain or a suspected heart attack.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

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What Causes a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to a portion of the heart is blocked abruptly. In people with coronary artery disease, a buildup of a fatty substance (cholesterol) called plaque within artery walls leads to the development of atherosclerosis, stiffening and narrowing of the arteries. When a piece of plaque ruptures, a blood clot forms inside the artery, acutely stopping blood flow to that portion of the heart. That area of the heart then quickly begins to die. If not treated immediately, this is life-threatening.

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Risk Factors for Heart Attack

The main risk factors for heart attack include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • An inactive lifestyle
  • A family history of heart disease

While the average age for a heart attack is about 64 years for men and 70 years for women, men over age 45 and women over age 55 are at increased risk.

Heart Attack Symptoms

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Sudden pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Pain in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw or upper abdomen
  • Shortness of breath

Not all heart attacks come on suddenly or with dramatic symptoms. Sometimes symptoms develop slowly over several hours, or come and go. Many women have more subtle symptoms such as discomfort in the stomach, neck or back. Indigestion may also be a symptom of a heart attack.

Treating Heart Attacks Fast Through Our Chest Pain Network

Every second counts for those experiencing a heart attack. Those arriving at a Carolinas HealthCare System hospital receive the most skilled care in the fastest time possible, increasing their odds of survival and full recovery. Carolinas HealthCare System’s “door-to-balloon time” – the speed it takes to open the blocked artery – averages less than 45 minutes*, well below the national 90-minute clinical guideline, and is accompanied by a 6 percent** reduction in the number of deaths from heart attack. From EMS personnel to expert specialists, our Chest Pain Network ensures the best available care when every minute really does count.

*Source - Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center report and ACTION Registry – Get With The Guidelines® data from Q2, 2013.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is an international not-for-profit organization recognizing hospitals that achieve a higher level of expertise in treating patients exhibiting heart attack symptoms. Nine of our chest pain centers have received this accreditation:

Heart Attack Care Locations

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

307 Yadkin St.
Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: 704-403-6180
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1001 Blythe Blvd., Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-373-0212
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100 Medical Park Drive, Suite 210
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-6100
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2550 Court Drive, Suite 202
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone: 704-446-8110
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16455 Statesville Road, Suite 320
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-863-1950
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Lake Norman
134 Medical Park Road, Suite 111
Mooresville, NC 28117
Phone: 704-801-9100
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441 McAlister Road, Suite 200
Lincolnton, NC 28092
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2001 Vail Avenue, Suite 340
Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: 704-304-1110
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Mint Hill
11304 Hawthorne Drive, Suite 100
Mint Hill, NC 28227
Phone: 704-863-1950
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1550 Faulk St., Suite 3300
Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: 704-667-3410
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2209 South Sterling St.
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-580-4230
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10650 Park Road, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-667-3840
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Rock Hill
1656 Riverchase Blvd., Suite 2500
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: 803-327-3456
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290 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: 828-286-2376
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111 W. Grover St.
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: 704-482-1006
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101 East W.T. Harris Blvd.Bldg 1000, Suite 1213
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704--863-1950
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