24/7 Heart Attack Care
Pardee is now a designated PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) hospital with expert interventional cardiologists and staff, and a designated Chest Pain Center including a cardiac catheterization lab to treat acute heart attacks, also known as STEMI's or ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
Because being prepared today may save a life tomorrow, recognize the subtle signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms can vary in intensity, duration and may be different for men and women. Don’t delay care, ignore the warning signs or wait to see if symptoms worsen. If you experience any of the heart attack symptoms shown below, call 9-1-1 immediately.
A quick response time is essential in saving heart muscle from permanent damage. Once heart attack symptoms begin, the blockage should be cleared within 90 minutes according to standards of the American College of Cardiology. Driving to the hospital delays treatment. Always call 9-1-1 so that EMS can begin administering care on the way to the hospital. Pardee works jointly with Henderson, Transylvania and Polk County EMS to provide an optimal response time starting from the moment 9-1-1 is called. Our cardiologists provide ongoing training to EMS staff and work in tandem during transport to assess the patient and begin initial treatment.
Once the patient arrives at Pardee via ambulance, they are immediately taken to the cardiac catheterization lab for a coronary angioplasty to be performed. This is a non-surgical procedure performed by a cardiologist that uses a catheter to insert a deflated balloon into the blocked artery. The balloon is then inflated, allowing blood flow through the artery again. A stent is then placed in the artery.