Heart Emergency Department
When it comes to heart emergencies, timing is critical. Here at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, we ensure that you make it from the emergency room to the cath lab to the operating room in 90 minutes.
It’s the design of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital that creates this critical path, so that from the time you step in the emergency room to the time you are treated, nothing is lost. That alone is crucial considering that the national average time from the ER to surgery is more than two hours. Here, it’s 90 minutes. That’s what a hospital, built from the ground up with a complete focus on heart care, can do to make the difference.
Our Heart Emergency Department is the only emergency department in Oklahoma dedicated exclusively to the care and treatment of cardiovascular emergencies.
We know the quicker we provide care, the more heart muscle we save. Thanks to leading technology and our medical team of emergency professionals, all our efforts revolve around your heart care.
To contact the Heart Emergency department, please call 405.608.3402 for our North Campus or 405.628.6141 for our South Campus.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.
Stroke Warning Signs
The American Stroke Association says these are the warning signs of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.