Heart attack warning signs Call 911 (most common)
Don't take chest pain lightly. Don't wait longer than 15 minutes to seek medical help.
Heart attack is a life-and-death emergency-and every second counts. If you see or experience any of the symptoms, call 9-1-1 or seek help immediately. We're open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How you react to the early warning signals of heart attack-tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, cold sweats-can spell the difference between survival and serious impairment. Or even death.
Each year, some 3,000 patients suffering from chest pain visit the Shaw Department of Emergency Medicine at Hamilton. That's why we developed The Chest Pain Center, a quiet, comfortable area with one purpose: to diagnose, observe and efficiently treat potential heart attack patients.
When someone experiences chest pain, emergency physicians at The Chest Pain Center evaluate him or her, look at the symptoms and conduct blood testing to determine if a heart attack is the cause of the pain.
This seven-bed unit features state-of-the-art equipment like Bedside Lab Testing, which allows us to check a patient's blood right at the bedside-in a quick 15 minutes-to find out if the patient is actually suffering a heart attack. (With regular blood testing, the patient's blood is taken to the lab and tested there, a process that can take up to an hour.)