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A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is a serious, life-threatening event that occurs when blood flow to your heart is blocked. It can result in long-term damage to your heart muscle.
If you or a loved one suspect a heart attack, call 911 for emergency medical attention.
Dignity Health North State offers advanced, personal care for a heart attack in Northern California. Expert care is available at our hospital emergency departments:
If you or a loved one would like to meet with a cardiologist about symptoms or prevention methods, use our online search tool and Find a Doctor.
Women often have more subtle heart attack symptoms than men, such as nausea and fatigue, in addition to chest pain. The symptoms of a heart attack can come on quickly or set in over a period of time (from a day to several weeks).
Call 911 if you or a loved one have:
Dignity Health North State ER doctors and nurses are highly trained to assess heart attack symptoms and deliver appropriate care. Don’t wait if you suspect any of these signs. It could save a life and prevent permanent disability.
Oxygen-rich blood replenishes and supports the heart muscle. When this flow is blocked, it can cause a heart attack. Reasons for blood flow blockages include:
Treatment for a heart attack depends on the diagnosis. Emergency room doctors at Dignity Health North State use the following tests to evaluate heart attack symptoms:
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, heart attack treatment may include:
To learn how to prevent a heart attack, talk with a doctor at Dignity Health North State.
Emergency care providers at Dignity Health North State deliver life-saving treatment for heart attacks in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.