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Care and Treatment for Heart Attacks

Why Choose Treatment for Heart Attacks at University of Colorado Hospital?

University of Colorado Hospital has an emergency medical response team that is called to action the minute you arrive at our emergency room.

If you think you're having a heart attack, call 911!

We offer the latest advanced treatments, have some of the best outcomes in the state, and the greatest patient safety records. We also have a full-service cardiac rehabilitation program.


Heart attack: at a glance

A heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs when a blockage in the blood vessels leading to the heart stops blood from flowing to the heart muscle. The loss of blood flow damages the affected area of the heart and can lead to death. Nearly 8,000,000 people suffered a heart attack in 2004.

Symptoms of heart attack include:

  • Sharp pain, severe pressure, burning or aching in the chest lasting 20 or more minutes (angina)
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

Departments Treating Heart Attacks

Emergency Services
Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
(720) 848-6777

Cardiac & Vascular Center
Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
(720) 848-5300

2012 Mission: Lifeline Bronze

Our Mission: Lifeline Award

University of Colorado Hospital has received the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes UCH's commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients.


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