What to Expect at the ER
When you experience a heart attack or have chest pain, the last thing you should worry about or fear is what to expect when you arrive at the hospital emergency department. We, at ProMedica, want you to remember: Time is muscle! When you enter our emergency room doors, our highly qualified team of nurses and physicians will expedite your care for rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Here are some general tests and treatment you may experience while in our emergency room for a heart attack or chest pain:
•Electrocardiogram (ECG): This painless test records the electrical activity of your heart.
•IV to administer medications, as needed
•Consult with a cardiologist
•Education about your plan of care
Your plan of care will depend on past medical history, presenting symptoms, current findings, and medical decision-making.
If you are experiencing a heart attack or having chest pains, CALL 9-1-1. Do NOT drive yourself to the hospital. Or, ask a loved one drive you. Calling your local EMS is like bringing the emergency room right to your home. They can perform an ECG, transport you to the hospital and begin life-saving treatment. Remember: Time is muscle.