With a Heart Attack, Every Second Counts
If you or someone you love is having a heart attack, every second that passes without intervention means greater damage to the heart muscle. At the Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC), we provide a fully functional cardiac catheterization lab just a few steps away from our emergency department doors. We can stop a heart attack in record time.
A heart attack results when blood supply to the heart is cut off or reduced. Until that blood supply is restored, every second that passes results in harm to your heart muscle, potentially leading to death. Survival after blood flow to the heart has been blocked for a long period time can mean a diminished quality of life. Having a cardiac catheterization lab in the ER means blocked arteries can be opened quickly, often just minutes after arrival. This can not only save your life, but also improve your chance of returning to an active lifestyle.
At Mercy, we work closely with area paramedics to prepare for patient arrival. When heart attack patients are brought to the Mercy ECPC, they are admitted directly to the emergency department catheterization lab for the procedure to begin.