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Emergency Response

Cardiac Level One Emergency Response, Cardiac and Stroke Network

IMPORTANT: Call 9-1-1

If you're having heart attack symptoms, call 911 right away. Do not drive yourself.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. Can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath often comes along with chest discomfort. But it also can occur before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

Working Together with Community Hospitals

The Heart Center at Providence Regional works very closely as the only tertiary interventional resource with community hospitals in our region so that if you go to any one of these hospitals, you can be quickly routed for the appropriate level of care. The hospitals include:

  • Cascade Valley, Arlington
  • Island Hospital, Anacortes
  • Affiliated Health Services, Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley
  • Valley General Hospital, Monroe
  • Whidbey General Hospital, Coupeville

If higher levels of intervention are necessary, such as angioplasty and cardiac surgery, patients may be transferred to the Heart Center at Providence Regional.

Cardiac and Stroke Network: Calling 911 Can Save Your Life

The Cardiac and Stroke Network (consisting of hospitals, fire departments, and paramedics) helps ensure that heart attack patients get the most rapid care possible. It all starts by calling 911 at the first signs of a heart attack. Paramedics can prepare the hospital for your arrival by sending EKG transmissions from the ambulance and administering medications. 

Keeping Your Doctor Informed

Throughout the emergency and recovery period, your primary care physician is kept informed as an active member of our team. By fostering such collaborative relationships between outlying hospitals, we are able to provide swift, consistent cardiac care 24/7, anywhere in the region. And because you can receive care locally, your family members and physician can more readily support you as you recover.