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Every minute counts!
Acute myocardial infarction frequently manifests with acute chest pain. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care. This is a race against the clock where every minute counts. Early intervention makes it possible to prevent complications and limit the damage caused by the infarct.
When you call 144 (the Geneva equivalent to the American 911), state immediately that it is a cardiac emergency so that an ambulance and doctor can be dispatched to you without delay.
Appropriate medication will be administered and, if necessary, a defibrillator will be used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. Once the patient is under medical care, he will quickly be brought either to the Hôpital Universitaire de Genève - HUG (left bank) or to the Hôpital de La Tour (right bank) depending on the geographic location and preference of the patient. It is imperative however that transportation time be as short as possible.
La Tour Chest Pain Centre is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Its services are available to all, regardless of the type of insurance (basic and/or private) and are reimbursed by basic insurance (LAMal).