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 our Concord and Walnut Creek medical centers have received Chest Pain Center Accreditation, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international nonprofit focused on improving care for cardiac patients. Additionally, both medical centers have been designated as STEMI Receiving Centers for high-risk heart attack patients by Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services.

The STEMI team is activated when the hospital is notified by Emergency Medical Services providers that a heart attack patient is en route to the hospital. Once the patient arrives, rapid assessment, diagnosis and, when indicated, immediate coronary intervention is provided. Our objective is to ensure that our doorto-balloon times average 60 minutes or less in accordance with guidelines set by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Our Locations

Emergency Room at Concord Medical Center

Emergency Room at Walnut Creek Medical Center

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.

Becker's Healthcare, a leading source of news and information for health care leaders, recently named Concord Medical Center in their 2018 list of the "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs.”  Concord Medical Center was one of only seven hospitals to receive this honor in Northern California and one of only three community hospitals to be recognized.

Concord Medical Center received a 2019 Quality Recognition from Healthgrades, ranking among America's Top 50 Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery.  This represents the top 1% of hospitals in the United States. Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals™ is based solely on clinical quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures.  This premier distinction rewards hospitals that consistently exhibit exceptional, comprehensive quality care.

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