Emergency Heart Care at Penn Highlands Healthcare

When Should I Go to the ER for Chest Pain?

Emergency Heart Care

Heart attacks are emergencies. Ignoring your symptoms and delaying care can result in disability or even death. If you have chest pain that lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes, call 911 or go to the closest ER.

What Are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

Chest pain is the most commonly reported symptom of heart attack in both men and women. But it doesn’t feel the same to everyone. Some people describe it as discomfort or pressure and others describe the pain as crushing—as though someone is sitting on your chest.

And not everyone experiences chest pain. In fact, as many as one in three heart attack survivors report having no chest pain at all, according to the American College of Cardiology.

Aside from chest pain or discomfort, the following symptoms are common during heart attack, especially in women:

  • Discomfort in the upper body, including one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea or lightheadedness

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Why Should I Go to an ER or Call 911?

Heart attack is an emergency that could lead to disability or death if not treated in time. Emergency rooms are equipped to rapidly diagnose and treat heart attacks.

Unless you’re just down the street from an ER, it’s best to call 911 if you think you’re having a heart attack. The medics can begin lifesaving treatment as soon as they reach you and continue care on the way to the hospital. They also will alert the hospital’s emergency room staff of your condition so a heart attack team can be assembled in preparation of your arrival. Ask to be transported to a hospital with specialized heart care, such as the four Penn Highlands Healthcare emergency room locations in Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois, and St. Marys.

Never drive yourself to the ER if you think you’re having a heart attack.

What will Happen in the ER if I Come in with Chest Pain?

Whether you arrive by car or ambulance, if you show up to the ER with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack, you will be seen promptly. The first step will be to get an electrocardiogram (ECG). This painless test uses electrodes to check your heart’s electrical activity. It can signal a heart event.

Next an ER doctor will evaluate you. He or she will ask questions about your health history and symptoms and perform a physical exam. You’ll then likely have bloodwork and possibly an X-ray or other imaging test.

What Type of Treatment will I Receive?

If the ER doctor determines you’re having a heart attack, he or she will advise you of the treatment plan, which might include medication, heart catheterization, or heart surgery. Medication is designed to dissolve a blood clot causing your heart attack, but that’s not always enough. Heart catheterization is a procedure in which a physician threads a needle and a tiny balloon through a blood vessel to your heart. He or she then inflates the balloon where the blockage is in your heart to open the vessel and allow blood to flow.

Where can I Find an Emergency Clinic Near Me?

If you think your condition requires immediate emergency care, call 911 or get to the nearest Penn emergency room. The Penn Highlands hospitals across central Pennsylvania provide top emergency care. Our highly trained emergency physicians, providers, nurses, and staff provide 24-hour urgent care for all medical emergencies, 365 days a year. We treat people of all ages—adults and children—regardless of ability to pay.

Emergency Departments at Penn Highlands Hospitals
Emergency Department - Brookville

Located on the second floor of Penn Highlands Brookville, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-1406

Emergency Department - Clearfield

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Clearfield, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2470

Emergency Department - Connellsville

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Connellsville, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

401 East Murphy Avenue
Connellsville, PA 15425
724-628-1500

Emergency Department - DuBois

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands DuBois, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3470

Emergency Department - Elk

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Elk, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8595

Emergency Department - Huntingdon
Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Huntingdon, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

1225 Warm Springs Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-2290

Emergency Department - Mon Valley

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Mon Vally, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

1163 Country Club Road
Monongahela, PA 15063
724-258-1800

Emergency Department- Tyrone

Located on the first floor of Penn Highlands Tyrone, the Emergency Department offers 24-hour emergency care to patients suffering from serious illnesses or injuries.

187 Hospital Drive
Tyrone, PA 16686
814-684-1255

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