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Heart Attack

If you or a loved one is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the hospital as emergency personnel can begin lifesaving care in the back of the ambulance and ensure quicker treatment at the hospital.

A heart attack, called myocardial infarction, occurs when the muscles around the heart do not receive enough blood and stop functioning. Blood flow is stopped because plaque, a waxy substance, has built up in the artery during a process called atherosclerosis. A heart attack is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular physicians provide lifesaving care for heart attacks throughout the state of Indiana, offering quick response, coordinated communication between all members of the care team and advanced treatment options.

Signs of a heart attack are different for each individual. Most people experience some sort of chest pain, In addition, they may also experience nausea; dizziness; fatigue; shortness of breath; or pain in the arms, shoulders, neck or jaw.

Once a heart attack has started, the plaque causing the attack needs to be cleared away as quickly as possible, restoring blood flow to the heart muscle.

The longer it takes for the heart muscle to receive blood flow, the more the heart muscle dies, decreasing your heart function. After the blockage is cleared, further treatment to prevent future heart attacks may be necessary. 

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians provide advanced care for heart attacks throughout the state of Indiana. Our affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine ensures that we can offer our patients the latest innovations in diagnosis and treatment.

IU Health Heart & Vascular has implemented new lifesaving techniques throughout our history, bringing many treatments to Indiana for the first time. From Level One emergency programs that ensure speed and communication coordination, to LifeLine emergency transport services, to experienced cardiac care teams we are here for you when you need us most. 

How We Can Help

Heart Attack Treatment Information

After a heart attack, called myocardial infarction, the clot should be quickly cleared away using balloon angioplasty. A small incision is made in the groin. Our physician then guides a deflated balloon through the arteries to the blocked area. The balloon is then inflated, allowing blood flow to return to the heart muscle.

Our physicians offer comprehensive heart attack care from treatment through recovery, including:


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