The term chest pain can mean different things to different people. It is important to seek help immediately for a heart attack. The faster a heart specialist can unblock arteries and restore circulation to your heart, the greater your chances for recovery.
Banner Thunderbird is a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center which means that anyone who arrives with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receives the best possible treatment in the shortest time possible. The goal is to reopen the blockage as quickly as possible within a national standard of 90 minutes; a feat Banner Thunderbird has met and that few hospitals can match.
Don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing chest pain. People often wait to call for medical assistance, which delays life-saving treatment. It is important to call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Chest discomfort
Chest pain, pressure, squeezing, fullness or heaviness
Located in the center of the chest
Lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
- Discomfort or pain felt in other areas of the upper body
One or both arms, the upper back, between the shoulder blades, in the neck, or jaw
May have a feeling of fullness in the stomach
- Shortness of breath; trouble breathing
Can take place with or without chest discomfort
- Other symptoms
Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, dizziness, unusual tiredness and/or pale skin
Banner Thunderbird provides comprehensive diagnostic studies for non-emergent care as well. Call (480) 230-CARE(2273) or visit to learn more about these tests.