Fast, expert treatment for heart attack in Denver
The emergency care physicians and cardiology specialists at Rose Medical Center know that when it comes to saving heart muscle in a heart attack, every second counts. In an effort to reduce the time it takes to treat heart attack patients, The Heart & Vascular Center at Rose partners with emergency medical services (EMS) in Denver, which allows high-quality care to begin before the patient even arrives at the hospital. We work with local EMS 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so no matter when a cardiac emergency strikes, we are here to help.
If you suspect you or someone you know is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
We are proud to be an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI as designated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
The Cardiac Alert program at Rose Medical Center saves lives. Paramedics respond to a 911 emergency call, and based on the symptoms identified, local EMS will launch the Cardiac Alert in order to signal the Rose Cardiac Alert Team so they can assemble and prepare to receive the patient once he or she arrives at Rose. Our Cardiac Alert Team consists of emergency medicine doctors, the cardiac catheterization lab team and our expert cardiologists.
The second the patient arrives at Rose Medical Center, he or she is taken directly to the cardiac cath lab with one goal: to open up blocked arteries as quickly as possible. The Cardiac Alert program has made it possible for The Heart & Vascular Center at Rose to beat the national average to open clogged coronary vessels—by nearly half the time. We are improving care and saving lives, a feat that would not be possible without the EMS partners who make the Cardiac Alert program such a success.
Signs and symptoms of a heart attack
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, call 911 immediately. Do not drive yourself to the ER.
- Chest pressure or discomfort
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Shortness of breath
- Jaw pain
- Back pain
Heart attack signs and symptoms specific to women
- Pressure or squeezing
- Fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts a few moments, goes away and then returns
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath with or without the added symptom of chest pain
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Women also commonly experience chest pain or discomfort, similarly to men
What should I do if I think I am having a heart attack?
If you are worried that you are experiencing a heart attack, you need to get to an emergency room as fast as possible, preferably a chest pain center. During a heart attack, your heart is not getting the blood that it needs. The longer you wait to get these symptoms addressed, and therefore start treatment, the longer your heart muscle remains in distress to cause further damage. Chest pain centers, like the one at Rose, have been set up to ensure that they have a process in place to make sure every step in the treatment process gets done in a timely manner.
What tests are performed on a suspected heart attack patient?
Almost always, the first test performed is an EKG, which is like an electrical picture of the heart that shows significant abnormalities if a patient is having a heart attack. If nothing abnormal is found, we perform further testing including lab work and stress tests. If a blockage is found, the next step in treatment is a cardiac catheterization or angiogram.