• Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

    At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, we are well aware that seconds count when a heart attack (myocardial infarction, or an MI) is happening. Our emergency department staff, cardiologists, and other professionals work together as a well-orchestrated team to make a rapid diagnosis and deliver immediate care to anyone who comes through our doors with symptoms of a heart attack.

    A heart attack occurs when there is a sudden blockage in an artery in or near the heart. Because these arteries supply the heart muscle with oxygenated blood, a lack of blood flow that lasts even just for a few minutes can damage the heart and may lead to death.

    Symptoms of a heart attack include:

    • Unusually severe chest pain
    • Sweating
    • Nausea
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Vomiting
    • Sudden collapse
    • Lightheadedness
    • Pain down the arm or into the neck or back
    • A sense of doom or severe anxiety

    At Lahey, we offer:

    • Prompt thrombolytic therapy to help dissolve clots that may be causing the blockage in blood flow
    • Interventional cardiology procedures including percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), in which thin tubes are inserted into an artery and guided to the blockage, where various techniques can be used to open up blood flow
    • Open heart surgery, in severe cases

    We also offer a highly regarded cardiac rehabilitation program, to help people regain strength, confidence, and stamina while recovering from a heart attack. Learn more. 

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