Heart Attack Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Care

Call 911 or your local emergency number if you or someone else has chest discomfort or other heart attack symptoms.

A heart attack is a serious, life-threatening situation. Recognizing heart attack symptoms, having a plan and accessing quality care can greatly improve your chances of survival. At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we have a dedicated team of experts who specialize in treating heart attacks and saving lives.

Our Advanced Heart Attack Center is a specialized center of excellence in heart attack care. We deliver a higher standard of care focused on earlier diagnosis and faster treatment. Remember, you have the right to choose your care provider, even in the case of an emergency.

By choosing The Christ Hospital, through our advanced emergency response technology, your heart attack care begins before you arrive at the hospital, saving valuable time and heart muscle. It is one of many reasons we are the most preferred hospital for heart and vascular care in the Tristate.

Have a heart attack action plan  

What would you do in the event of a heart emergency? Fill out this heart attack action plan card digitally, download it on your phone's home screen or print it out and have it ready for EMS upon their arrival. 

Know your risks and learn the symptoms of a heart attack

Understanding the signs, symptoms, risk factors and different levels of care available gives you more treatment opportunities and better outcomes. You can learn all of that and more by downloading and reading our How To Survive a Heart Attack Guide.

Key risk factors:

  • Diabetes

  • Family history

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Smoking

Key symptoms:

  • Pain, pressure or discomfort in chest

  • Pain in neck, shoulder, jaw or down left arm

  • Lightheadedness

  • Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sweat

What to do if you are having a heart attack

If you suspect you are having a heart attack:

  • Chew an aspirin

  • Call 911

  • Rest until help arrives

Why choose The Christ Hospital Health Network

If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, or if you've already been diagnosed, you'll find the care and support you need at The Christ Hospital Health Network, Greater Cincinnati's leader in cardiovascular care. We are the only hospital in the region honored with the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Referring Quality Achievement Award for providing timely care and successful heart attack outcomes. Other reasons to choose The Christ Hospital Health Network include:  

  • Top 50 Heart Hospital. The Christ Hospital has been named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by HealthGrades and one of the World's Best Hospitals for Cardiology by Newsweek.

  • Specialized expertise. We offer the most extensive expertise across the spectrum of heart and vascular care. Our doctors are known leaders in cardiovascular care and are focused by specific conditions. 

  • Treatment options. Our patients benefit from a wider range of personalized treatment options than at many other hospitals. We take a progressive approach to heart attack management.

  • Clinical research.  Our doctors have developed many new techniques in cardiovascular medicine over the past 20 years. Patients have access to treatments not found at many other hospitals.

  • Heart and vascular support groups. For patients with heart-related conditions, we offer education and support. We encourage you share your experiences to learn how to live your healthiest life.