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Quick, accurate and early diagnosis can be the most important step in fighting heart attacks. St. Claire HealthCare (SCH) offers some of the most advanced, noninvasive diagnostic tools available, including Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). CCTA provides precise images of problem areas, such as a blood clot lodged in the pulmonary artery. It makes diagnosis much faster and most heart disease exams are painless and can be lifesavers.

SCH offers expanded cardiology services that include angioplasty, a procedure that opens narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. This allows us to provide state-of-the-art coronary artery ballooning and stenting procedures to patients who present with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) as well as elective procedures to help prevent heart attacks. When this type of coronary procedure is required, time is of the essence—SCH offers patients access to this advanced procedure, close to home.

A heart attack is a true medical emergency, where every 20-minute delay could affect whether you live or die. SCH providers recommend that you call 911 or get to the closest hospital with 24-hour cardiac care if you're having chest pains or experiencing upper body discomfort. It's always better to be on the safe side.