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As an accredited Chest Pain Center by the ACC Accreditation Services, University Medical Center of El Paso is dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. Our team of experts have many years of experience and through the use of state-of-the-art technology are able to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare to the El Paso community.

Nearly six million hospitalizations are attributed to heart disease, while more than 800,000 Americans die each year from a heart attack, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. The goal of the ACC Accreditation Services and of UMC is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack and reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment. Patients should never delay seeking medical help, hoping their symptoms will go away. They should know the warning signs and call 911 immediately.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort. This involves uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center or left side of the chest that can be mild or strong. This discomfort or pain often lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Nausea, vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness, or breaking out in a cold sweat. Patients may also experience heartburn, sleep problems, fatigue and lack of energy.