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Cardiovascular Services

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) 

Beverly Hospital now has a significant new treatment option, primary angioplasty, for emergency cardiac patients.  Those suffering from a heart attack or exhibiting symptoms as a result of a potential heart attack can now be transported to Beverly Hospital -- saving valuable minutes and offering the most effective treatment and medical care locally in the community. 

Angioplasty, also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is the preferred emergency procedure for opening the arteries of individuals experiencing certain types of heart attacks. Preferably performed within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital, PCI is the preferred treatment for many heart attack patients, particularly for STEMI (St-segment elevation myocardial infarction) patients. 

All PCI procedures at Beverly Hospital will be performed in the hospital's state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Suite located adjacent to the emergency room.  The Cardiovascular Suite houses the cardiac catheterization laboratory, the interventional radiology laboratory, and a "hybrid room" which can be used for any endovascular procedures and converted into an operating room.  The PCI program combines the expertise of the Beverly Hospital medical team with advanced technology to ensure a quick and skilled response to individuals suffering a heart attack, thus improving patient care and enhancing and expediting treatment options.  

Literally, every second counts in treating suspected heart attack patients.  If you think you are having a heart attack, do not wait - call 911 immediately.  

Having PCI locally available to provide first class medicine and world class care to the residents of the North Shore.

 

 

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Watch video: Beverly Hospital's Cardiovascular Suite offers emergency, life-saving interventions.

 

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.The discomfort can be mild or severe, and it may come and go.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This symptom may occur along with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs include nausea, light-headedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.

 

Getting to the hospital is key to having a good outcome. Time is muscle. Call 911 if you think you are having a heart attack.