Heart attack care in Salt Lake City, Utah
In the event of a heart attack, every second matters for survival. That's why the ER physicians and cardiologists at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah have partnered with local medical response teams to streamline heart attack diagnosis and treatment.
If you think someone is having a heart attack, call 911 or get them to the closest ER immediately for treatment.
The average person with heart attack symptoms waits more than two hours before going to an emergency room, and, too many people head to the hospital in a car instead of calling 911. However, heart attack victims being transported via ambulance to St. Mark's Hospital are diagnosed in transit with special technology.
Life-saving heart attack technology in Salt Lake City
The emergency medical team that brings you to St. Mark’s Hospital will diagnose your heart attack with pre-hospital 12-lead EKG technology in the ambulance. The machine shows a full view of the heart and records its electrical activity.
The results are transmitted from the ambulance to the emergency room team at St. Mark's to determine if a heart attack has occurred and where the damage is located in the heart. This allows our ER staff and heart doctors to have a treatment plan and team ready.
When the ambulance arrives, you bypass the emergency room triage process and go straight to the cardiac catheterization lab, where the pre-assembled cardiovascular team stands prepared to treat your clogged artery. This streamlined process saves time and lives and helps reduce the long-term heart muscle damage.
Know the signs of a heart attack
Patients that come to the St. Mark’s ER with chest pain will be seen by medical staff immediately to check for signs of a heart attack. We’ll discuss your medical history, run tests and do an evaluation to determine whether immediate treatment is necessary or if your condition can be managed by primary care physician.
General heart attack signs include:
- Chest pressure and achiness
- Possible radiating of pain to arms or jaw and occasionally a sore throat
Heart attack symptoms in women
- Light-headed or dizziness
Heart attack symptoms in men
- Chest pain often lasting several minutes that can radiate to arms, jaw or back
- Shortness of breath
Learn hands-only CPR
With only two easy steps, hands-only CPR can more than double a person’s chances of survival following a sudden cardiac arrest. This easy-to-remember CPR method is an effective, life-saving technique for people who are untrained in conventional CPR, which involves rescue breathing.
If you believe someone is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately, or take them to the nearest ER for treatment.
If there is not a medical emergency and you’d like more information about heart attack services at St. Mark’s, please call (801) 266-3418.