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Heart attack

A heart attack is an emergency medical condition that occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked or stopped by a buildup of plaque, excess fat and cholesterol. This can be fatal, so you should always seek emergency medical care if you think you are experiencing a heart attack.

Heart attack care in Wichita

While chest pain is not always a life-threatening condition, it should not be ignored.

Chest pain could indicate a heart attack, which requires immediate emergency care. During a heart attack—or possible symptoms leading to one—timing, early detection and swift action are essential. Our ER doctors and staff, working closely with our board-certified cardiologists and interventional radiologists, offer advanced cardiac care for heart attacks.

Heart attack symptoms

Wesley Medical Center is an Accredited Chest Pain Center designated by The Joint Commission. This means we meet or exceed national standards of heart attack patient outcomes and that our emergency room is equipped 24/7 to receive, diagnose and treat patients with heart attack symptoms.

If you believe someone is experiencing a heart attack, call 911. immediately. For non-emergent questions about our cardiac services, please call (316) 962-3627.

If you are experiencing signs of a heart attack in Wichita, call 911 or come to Wesley Medical Center or Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER immediately to be seen by a specialist.

Coronary symptoms may be a prelude to a heart attack. Recognizing the following symptoms and taking action is the best way to protect and save your life or someone else’s life.

Signs of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Chest pressure
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Chest heaviness
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Left shoulder or arm pain
  • Left jaw pain
  • Irregular/racing heartbeat
  • Pain between the shoulder blades

The following symptoms may indicate potential coronary problems that should be reviewed by a doctor:

  • Shortness of breath (especially during exercise)
  • Exercise fatigue
  • Extreme tiredness

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