JOHNS CREEK Emory Johns Creek hospital is now performing emergency angioplasty, officials said.
Hospital CEO John Quinlivan said the hospital is proud to offer the state-of-the-art care for both those suffering from heart attack and the prevention of heart attack.
Dr. Gregory Robertson, hospital Cardiac Cath Lab medical director, said angioplasty is a procedure that opens clogged arteries and restores blood flow using tiny, balloon-type devices. Heart attacks occur when a major artery supplying blood to the heart becomes blocked, officials said, usually from plaque build-up.
Robertson has performed more than 8,000 interventional procedures in 24 years as a physician, officials said, and is considered a pioneer of emergency angioplasty.
Officials said anyone experiencing symptoms of heart attack should call 911 immediately. Symptoms include:
Chest discomfort, usually in the center of the chest, lasting more than a few minutes or going away and returning. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.