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 is dedicated to the 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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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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The main risk factors for heart attack include:
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.
The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:
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.
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.
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute