What You Should Expect from the ER If You Are Having a Heart Attack

Monday, July 20th, 2015 by | Posted In: Hospital Negligence, Medical Malpractice
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heart attack emergency roomSometimes it is difficult to know when you should seek medical treatment if you have chest pains. It could be a bad case of heartburn, or something more severe like a heart attack. It is better to be safe than sorry and get seen in the emergency room.

When you arrive at the emergency room you will first be seen by a triage nurse. It is his/her responsibility to assess the conditions of each patient so those with the most life-threatening symptoms are seen first. If you believe you are having a heart attack, tell the triage nurse and you will be seen very quickly.

Once you are brought into a room, the emergency room doctors will work to confirm a diagnosis (or rule it out). Your doctors may order any of the following tests/procedures to confirm a heart attack:

As part of your medical history, be prepared to answer a lot of questions, including:

If you are admitted to the hospital with a heart attack diagnosis, you will likely spend the next 24 hours in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or the Coronary Care Unit (CCU). HIghly-trained nursing staff and doctors will continue to monitor and treat your condition.

After 24 hours of remaining stable, you will likely be moved to a telemetry floor for continued monitoring. If your condition continues to improve, you will likely be able to go home within two to four days.

The attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan hope you never find yourself in the ER with a heart attack, but if you do, we wish you a smooth and quick recovery.

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