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If you’re having heart attack symptoms, every second counts. That’s why the experienced staff at Emanuel Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients in Turlock and surrounding areas with comprehensive cardiac care close to home.
As a regional designated Heart Attack Receiving Center, we strive to improve the outcomes of patients experiencing a heart attack through established, time-driven protocols.
The American College of Cardiology recognized Emanuel Medical Center for our demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Emanuel was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI, based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Hospitals that have earned Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
The cardiac cath lab at Emanuel provides our community with a full range of interventional cardiology services including elective, urgent and emergent cardiac catheterization. Emanuel also provides additional cardiovascular services including cardiac implants, peripheral angiography, interventional radiology and electrophysiology.
To further ensure prompt cardiac treatment, our facility has integrated processes with our local emergency medical services. Emanuel also supports community outreach programs that educate the public on coronary artery disease and what to do in case of heart attack symptoms.
Humberto “Rick” Turcios says he’s grateful for the care he received at Emanuel Medical Center after he suffered cardiac arrest, which is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have been diagnosed with heart disease.
“I thank God for my family and all you guys at the hospital because they did everything to save my life and I’m grateful for it,” Turcios expressed. “Without them, I wouldn’t be alive. May God bless every one of them.”
Visit the Cardiovascular page on our new, updated website emanuelmedicalcenter.org to hear more about Rick’s story.
Providing high-quality cardiovascular services for our community goes hand in hand with our ultimate goal of helping people live happier, healthier lives. We are proud of our recent accomplishment of being recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.
The annual ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. Emanuel Medical Center earned a “High Performing” rating for Heart Failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes.
We take pride in the care we provide, allowing residents to stay close to home while receiving treatment, instead of traveling to outside areas away from their support system.
To learn about cardiovascular care at Emanuel Medical Center, please visit emanuelmedicalcenter.org or call (833) 329-8402 to find a physician.