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Heart Attack

About Your Care and Condition

A heart attack can come with warning signs like chest and arm pain, or even nausea. It can also occur suddenly and without warning. Spectrum Health has heart experts to treat emergencies and assess concerning symptoms.  In fact, we treat more acute heart attacks than anyone else in Michigan. Our first goal is to save your life. Our second goal is to minimize damage to your heart muscle as much as possible.

A heart attack happens when blood flow is blocked to the heart. This is usually caused by a blood clot that forms within an area that has a buildup of plaque. Warning signs include chest discomfort, pain in the upper body and shortness of breath. Recognizing the symptoms and getting help quickly are key to your recovery.

The earlier you treat the heart attack, the less damage there is. Spectrum Health is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation in speed to successfully treating heart attacks. We care for more acute heart attack patients than anyone else in the state of Michigan, and because we see so many patients, we are able to offer the latest technology and the most experience in the area.