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About 911 for Heart Attack and Stroke

It is said “time is muscle” when it comes to treating a heart attack and “time is brain” in stroke care. Kadlec Regional Medical Center teams with partner emergency services agencies to provide expedited cardiac and stroke treatment to patients in the region. You have a role saving heart in brain cells! Should you or someone you know experience the symptoms of heart attack or stroke, do not delay, call 9-1-1 immediately. Review the symptoms below and educate yourself and your family about this important health information.

Why Kadlec for Heart Attack

Kadlec’s open heart surgery and interventional cardiology program serves as a referral center for communities in the Tri-Cities, southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. Kadlec was the first nationally accredited chest pain center in the northwest emergency treatment for heart attack.

Heart Attack: Signs and Symptoms

Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these common warning signs:
•    Chest pain or discomfort. Feels like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 
•    Jaw, neck or back pain
•    Shortness of breath
•    Nausea/vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness
•    Cold sweat
•    Back or jaw pain

Why Kadlec for Stroke

Kadlec’s stroke treatment care brings together fellowship-trained, board certified stroke neurologists through the use of telestroke, board certified emergency physicians and highly trained paramedics. With time of the essence, there is a coordinated team in place to ensure rapid treatment for patients suffering a stroke. Kadlec’s emergency stroke treatment services also include:
•    Around-the-clock coverage with both neurologists and the region’s only neurosurgeons (15-20% of stroke is hemorrhagic, requiring neurosurgical consult)
•    Full time Intensivists (critical care specialists who work only in the ICU)
•    Nationally recognized Intensive Care Unit (Beacon Award for nursing care given to only 10% of hospitals nationwide)
•    Top quality imaging equipment to assist in diagnosis
•    Neuroradiologists (specially-trained radiologists in the treatment of neurological disorders)
•    Joint Commission primary stroke center
•    Kadlec Neuroscience Center
•    Kadlec Neurological Resource Center

Stroke: Signs and Symptoms

Call 911 immediately if you experience sudden onset of any of these warning signs:
•    Face drooping
•    Arm or leg weakness or numbness on one side
•    Slurred speech, difficulty understanding or speaking 
•    Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
•    Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
•    Severe headache with no known cause