If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath or pain in your arms, neck, jaw or back – call 911.
Lehigh Valley Heart Institute consistently ranks among the nation’s leaders in heart attack survival. Our MI Alert for Heart Attacks program saves lives and limits the amount of heart damage by educating area paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to diagnose heart attacks in the field.
If you’re suffering from a heart attack, paramedics will immediately begin treatment and call ahead to alert our emergency medicine providers of your arrival. If needed, you can be transferred to another hospital in Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for a higher level of care.
Every second counts when it comes to stroke. Fast, aggressive care minimizes brain damage by ensuring adequate blood flow to the brain. That’s why you should always remember BE FAST. This acronym will help you remember the signs of a stroke and that you should act quickly.
Balance – Sudden loss of balance
Eyes – Blurred vision in one or both eyes
Face – Face drooping or looks uneven
Arms – One arm becomes weak or numb
Speech – Slurred speech or seems confused
Time – If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
The LVH–17th Street Stroke-Alert Program ensures stroke patients are:
Given a CT scan within 20 minutes or less
Treated appropriately or transferred to a facility that can provide a higher level of care
We also provide care for less severe medical emergencies.
We have access to the full resources of LVHN, including our Regional Burn Center.