Chest pain or tightness, uncharacteristic discomfort in other parts of
the body, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea and lightheadedness
may be indicators of a heart attack. If you feel you may be having a heart attack,
call 911 immediately.
Saint Clare's emergency squads, as well as municipal squads throughout
the region, have received special training on the identification of potential
heart attacks. In the event of a suspected heart attack, Saint Clare's
Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) can transmit a patient's EKG directly
to the Emergency Department at Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville. With
this valuable test, clinical staff, emergency physicians, and cardiac
specialists can often make diagnosis before the patient reaches the hospital,
saving valuable time.
After a definitive diagnosis is made in the emergency room, the patient
will receive either interventional or medication treatments. If emergency
angioplasty is warranted, patients will receive this life-saving procedure
as soon as possible.