Cardiac Catheterization To Find and Open Blocked Arteries

If you suspect you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Request an online appointment or call 706-721-2426.

Heart attacks happen when blood flow to a section of heart muscle is blocked by plaque build-up in one or more blood vessels leading to the heart. Plaque build-up can be caused by:

  • Smoking
  • A diet high in fat and cholesterol
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes (uncontrolled)
  • High blood pressure

Time equals heart muscle. If you are having a heart attack, it’s important to be treated at a center that speeds treatment to open blocked arteries and restore blood flow. Acting quickly—in 90 minutes or less—can help prevent damage to the heart. 

Interventional Cardiology at the Region’s First Accredited Chest Pain Center

As a regional referral center for high-risk patients, we care for more patients with more advanced stages of heart disease than other area hospitals. Our experience means we can handle any emergency related to your heart, great or small. 

Our team also follows guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to beat a treatment time of 90 minutes or less and help prevent damage to heart muscle. Our average is 40 minutes—a full 50 minutes shorter than the national average.