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At Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, our STeMI Emergency Cardiac Response team is prepared and ready to handle heart care emergencies.

If you think you or a loved one is having a heart attack, immediate emergency action is critical. Many people often picture a heart attack as a sudden, intense pain in their chests. Although discomfort is one of the primary signs of a heart attack, it’s not the only one. “Many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort. Symptoms may even come and go. When symptoms are vague or you’re not feeling quite right, don’t hesitate to have it checked out. Fast action can save lives,” says Lyle Muhammad, director of Cardiology at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.

Studies show that in the event of a heart attack, restoring blood flow to the heart muscle within 90 minutes of a patient’s arrival at the hospital yields great benefits, including less heart damage and shorter hospital stays. Our cardiac catheterization lab provides fast, quality care as soon as patients arrive, so help us help you by seeking medical care immediately if you or a loved one experiences heart attack symptoms.

Emergency Cardiac Response Team Always Ready
At Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, our STeMI Emergency Cardiac Response team is prepared and ready to handle heart care emergencies. STeMI stands for ST segment (part of the EKG) elevation myocardial infarction. “A STeMI is the most serious type of heart attack,” explains Muhammad. “Everything is ticking from the minute the patient reaches our door. Our cardiac response team exceeds national standards in rapid response, and that saves lives. Whether you need an angiogram or angioplasty, you can have the procedure you need right here at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.”

Even before patients reach the Emergency Room, our staff works closely with the emergency medical system (EMS) in the surrounding areas. We are the only hospital in the area that has a direct link into the Texas Medical Center, and the quality initiatives developed with the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center ensure that our patients have Medical Center expertise.

How Healthy Is Your Heart?
Talk to your physician about your personal risk factors for heart disease and ask for more information about how you can lower your risk. For a referral to a cardiac specialist at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, call 281-477-2500.

What Are the Signs of a Heart Attack?
People typically wait two hours or more before seeking emergency care for heart attack symptoms.* This delay can be deadly. You should call 9-1-1 within five minutes, at most, of the onset of symptoms. Treatments administered within the first hour are most effective. Warning signs may include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath along with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

* Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.nih.gov.