Heart Information

What Exactly Does The Heart Do?

The heart is the workhorse of the human body. It tirelessly pumps blood rich in nutrients through the arteries to nourish and sustain all of the body’s tissues. Like every other organ, in order to keep functioning, It needs a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood. Coronary arteries carry blood to the muscular walls of the heart (the myocardium)

What Is A Heart Attack?

Every year, about one-and-a-half million Americans suffer a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the myocardium is interrupted. The restriction usually results from a buildup of plaque in the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis..

What Is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a procedure in which doctors insert a catheter with a special balloon tip into a blocked artery. The balloon is inflated to open the artery and improve blood flow.

Rapid, accurate assessment and treatment of chest pain is one of the most critical factors to ensure your survival and to limit damage to your heart. That’s why, as the nation’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, Mercy has made Stark County The Safest Place In America To Have A Heart Attack.

Try our Heart Attack Risk Calculator and, if you have any questions, please contact us at HeartCenter@CantonMercy.org.