When every minute matters

At the Wesley Hospital, we have teams specialising in cardiac emergencies. Alongside world-class experience and facilities, cardiac presentations are prioritised in our Emergency Centre, making the Wesley the place to come when you are having any cardiac symptoms.

As an additional Wesley service, Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics all have access to a direct line to discuss patient symptoms with the Wesley on-call cardiologist (see our STEMI program).

If you are experiencing chest pains or heart attack symptoms, don’t delay – call an ambulance and ask for the Wesley.

Cardiac symptoms

Cardiac symptoms can include chest pains or tightness in the chest, dizziness, a racing heartbeat, a slow heartbeat, and neck or jaw pain.

While men and women can both experience the well-known chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting on your chest, women can often experience a heart attack without chest pressure. Instead they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen (which can feel like stomach pain), dizziness, light-headedness or fainting, upper back pressure or pain, and extreme fatigue. Some women who have had heart attacks thought they had the flu.

Call an ambulance and ask for the Wesley if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms.

Classic symptoms in men and women:

  • Chest pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • Racing heartbeat.
  • Slow heartbeat.
  • Neck or jaw pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Pressure or pain in lower chest/upper abdomen.
  • Dizziness.
  • Light-headedness.
  • Fainting.
  • Severe fatigue.

STEMI program

Our ST (segment) Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) program is an arrangement with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) for the management of urgent heart attacks (acute coronary syndrome), including direct cases to the Cardiac Catheter Theatre. QAS has a direct line to the on-call Wesley cardiologist at all times.

How to find the Wesley Emergency Centre

Access the Wesley Emergency Centre via the front entrance on Chasely Street.

Note: The information here is for general reference only. To understand the benefits and risks specific to your condition and overall situation, please discuss any procedure with your treating doctor.

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