• Heart Attack Care

    If you think you might be having a heart attack, don’t wait. Call 911 immediately.

    Faster, life-saving emergency heart attack treatment

    Nearly 1 in 4 people in the U.S. experience a heart attack during their lifetime. But with 24/7, life-saving treatment, you can rest easy knowing we’re always here if you need us. In fact, 96 percent of people who come to us because of a heart attack receive care within 90 minutes of calling 911. And since we started our emergency heart attack program in 2002, we’ve saved more than 1,000 lives. We even treat the most severe and dangerous form of heart attack, called STEMI.

    A Certified Intervention Center for heart attack patients

    The Maryland Institute of Emergency Medicine Services Systems designated Anne Arundel Medical Center a Certified Intervention Center (CIC) for emergency heart attack care. This means we’re the area’s preferred hospital for heart attack care.

    Call 911 right away if you experience any heart attack symptoms. Eighty five percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. Getting to the hospital at the earliest sign of a heart attack is key for a good outcome and quick recovery.

    Early heart attack care

    Understanding the subtle signs and risk factors for a heart attack – and acting on them immediately – helps to prevent life-long damage. Learn the early signs and symptoms in order to be alert for a heart attack in yourself, someone you love, or a bystander.

    Men and women often experience differing symptoms with the onset of a heart attack. When symptoms start, they can be mild or come and go. Symptoms may occur hours or weeks before the actual heart attack. Overtime, the symptoms and pain increase, often leading to collapse without treatment.

    Heart attack symptoms in men and women

    • Feeling of fullness
    • Chest discomfort
    • Discomfort and numbness in the arms and upper body
    • Shortness of breath
    • Breaking out in cold sweat, nausea

    Additional heart attack symptoms frequently experienced by women

    • Overwhelming and unusual fatigue
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Vomiting
    • Pain or discomfort in the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
    • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
    • Uncomfortable pressure or squeezing

    Although chest pain is the key warning sign of a heart attack, it may be confused with other conditions. These include indigestion, inflammation of the lungs, pneumonia, tenderness of the cartilage that attaches the front of the ribs to the breastbone, and heartburn. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

    Women should take extra precaution as many of their symptoms are often overlooked or attributed to other health problems. Try your best to note when you started feeling different, and how long the symptoms have lasted.


    CPCpci_ACC_seal Anne Arundel Medical Center received the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. This accreditation is effective for three years and demonstrates our commitment to state-of-the-art cardiac patient care.