Know The Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack

It’s estimated that 85% of muscle damage takes place within the first two hours of a heart attack. While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly with just mild pain or discomfort. If you or someone else is experiencing any of the below signs of a heart attack, please call 9-1-1 immediately:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Arm tingling or pain
  • Clamminess
  • Shortness of breath
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

What To Expect

Paramedics notify our Chest Pain Center team when a heart attack patient is on the way. Upon arrival, we will do a rapid assessment, including heart monitoring and a blood test to measure heart muscle damage. We may also do an electrocardiogram, if not already done by the paramedic on the way to the hospital.

If confirmed to be a heart attack, our Chest Pain Center team will perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as angioplasty, to open the vessels quickly as quickly as possible and restore blood flow to the heart.

We strive to ensure that our "door-to-balloon" time (from arrival to vessel-opening) averages 60 minutes or less—well below the 90-minute benchmark recommended by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Your Heart Is In Good Hands With Us

Both of our hospitals have earned the highest “Chest Pain Centers with PCI” accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for our excellence in diagnosing, evaluating and treating heart attacks. As the only two hospitals in Contra Costa County with this accreditation, you can feel confident that you’re receiving the best care possible.

Our Locations

Emergency Room at John Muir Medical Center, Concord

Emergency Room at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek

View Arlene Skuba's story on surviving a heart attack

Awards & Recognition

Walnut Creek and Concord Medical Centers have earned the 2018 Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® for 2 consecutive calendar years. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to (four out of ten heart failure quality measures or seven out of ten stroke quality measures) during the 12-month period.

U.S. News & World Report Top Hospital

Since 2010, our hospitals have been included the annual list of America’s Best Hospitals, as well as rated as high-performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery.

Concord Medical Center has demonstrated sustained achievement in ACTION Registry® for eight consecutive quarters and met high performance standards for specific heart attack performance measures to receive this 2018 award.

Concord Medical Center is recognized as Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.