Early Heart Attack Care

When it comes to a heart attack, minutes can mean a second chance. Opening the blocked artery and restoring blood flow to the heart quickly can mean the difference between life and death.

In Seminole and West Volusia counties, the ONLY hospital prepared to provide immediate care for every heart attack – even the most deadly – is Central Florida Regional Hospital. Our Emergency Department is a Certified Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Big words that simply mean this: We have the staff, equipment and medical expertise to care for every type of heart attack.

No need to lose valuable time transferring to another facility for critical treatment – we can perform every cardiac procedure, including angioplasty and open heart surgery, in our Heart Institute. There is no reason to go anywhere else. And that’s critical because saving time can mean saving your life.

Early Heart Attack Symptoms

Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath


People may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

Early Heart Attack Care Brochure (PDF - 676 KB)

Heart Attack Symptoms

If you are experiencing:

  • Pain or tightness in the chest, arm, jaw, shoulders or upper back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual onset of fatigue or discomfort in the arms, back, neck or stomach

Call 911 immediately and ask them to take you to the nearest Certified Chest Pain Center with PCI.

Two Types of Heart Attacks

Heart attacks occur when a coronary artery suddenly becomes at least partially blocked by a blood clot, causing at least some of the heart muscle being supplied by that artery to die. Heart attacks are divided into two types accord to their severity. A STEMI is the more severe type.

STEMI stands for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. In a STEMI, the coronary artery is completely blocked off by the blood clot, and as a result virtually all the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery starts to die. This type of heart attack can usually be recognized on an electrocardiogram by the elevated ST segment which indicates a large amount of damage to the heart muscle.

NSTEMI, or non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, is a less severe type of heart attack. In a NSTEMI, the artery is only partially blocked by the blood clot and, as a result, only a portion of the heart muscle being supplied by the affected artery dies.

Cardiac Risk Profile Screening

Free Cardiac Risk Profile Screenings are available by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. This is a fasting blood test. To schedule your screening call 1-800-445-3392.