Heart Attack Care
Trust Adventist HealthCare for fast and effective treatment if you or a loved one have a heart attack.
Heart Attack Symptoms
Call 911 and get medical help right away if you have:
- Chest pain, pressure or a strange feeling in the chest that typically lasts longer than 20 minutes and may go away and come back
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Lightheadedness or sudden weakness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain, pressure or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, upper belly or in one or both shoulders or arms
- Shortness of breath
In women, the elderly and people with diabetes, a heart attack may cause shortness of breath, tiredness and weakness, but little or no chest pain. Sometimes, a heart attack can cause no symptoms.
Get Help Fast
The faster you get emergency help for a heart attack, the less damage to your heart and the better your chances for a full recovery. Your best choice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for heart attack treatment is Adventist HealthCare.
Accredited Chest Pain Centers
Two of our hospitals – Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland – hold Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). That means you can expect care that meets high standards for safety and positive patient outcomes from professionals with specialized training in heart attack care.
Rely on our heart experts to quickly and seamlessly deliver the care you need from the ambulance to your hospital room. That fast, collaborative care is part of what it means to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), awarded by ACC. Shady Grove Medical Center and Washington Adventist Hospitals are the only health care facilities in Montgomery County to hold this designation.
Your Ambulance Ride
If you or someone else calls 911, your heart attack diagnosis and treatment starts in the ambulance. Depend on your emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to send results of an electrocardiogram (EKG) test to the cardiovascular experts at Adventist HealthCare. That means even before you arrive, our team is getting ready to provide you with personalized care.
Emergency Heart Care
Rely on our team to use the latest tools and technology to care for you. When you arrive at the hospital, you may receive services such as:
Feel peace of mind knowing if you need cardiac catheterization, Adventist HealthCare is in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide able to give this lifesaving treatment as quickly as possible.
Recovery After a Heart Attack
Look to our compassionate team for the follow-up care, services and support you’ll need for long-term healing.
Community Education & Heart Attack Prevention
Your health – and the health of your neighbors and loved ones in Maryland and Washington, D.C. – are our focus. You may see Adventist HealthCare in your community providing education and outreach services about recognizing and responding to heart attack symptoms.