Expert heart attack treatment in Richmond, Virginia

For patients experiencing a heart attack, Chippenham Hospital provides comprehensive emergency care from experienced ER physicians, board-certified cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Our heart care team creates individualized heart attack recovery treatment plans to cater to each patient's needs.

If you think you or a loved one may be having a heart attack, please call 911 immediately.

Contact our heart hospital at (804) 483-3015 or email with any questions you may have.

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, happens when the blood flow to the heart is blocked. Buildups of cholesterol, fat and other substances can cause this blockage by forming plaque in the arteries, which are responsible for supplying blood to the heart. The plaque eventually forms a clot, which interrupts the blood flow and causes the tissues in the heart to lose oxygen and die.

Award-winning heart attack treatment

Chippenham has received The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certificate of Distinction for Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack).

Because many people can experience warning signs of a heart attack hours, days or even weeks in advance, the heart experts at Chippenham's Levinson Heart Institute offer many heart screening services to intervene and help prevent a cardiac event.

Although heart attacks can happen suddenly, most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. Often, heart attack victims are unfamiliar with the signs of an oncoming heart attack and wait too long before getting help.

The signs and symptoms and their severity can vary among heart attack victims. Some people may experience mild pain, whereas others may have no symptoms at all. The first sign may even be a sudden cardiac arrest.

Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Squeezing or aching sensation in the chest or arms that may spread to back, neck or jaw
  • Cold sweat
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

Women are more likely to have the following abnormal symptoms when experiencing a heart attack, including:

  • Back pain
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Reoccurring chest pain
  • Shortness of breath

Cardiac rehabilitation

Chippenham provides cardiac rehabilitation from a multidisciplinary team of nurses, exercise physiologists and dietitians who are here to help you recover from a heart attack or manage congestive heart failure or heart disease.

Our cardiac rehabilitation program offers the comprehensive education, risk identification and modification and exercise therapy patients need to successfully recover from a cardiac event.