CALL 911 – if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs call 911 immediately. Most heart attacks start slowly with discomfort or mild pain. And some are sudden and intense. If you feel any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately. Do not wait for help:

  • Pain or Discomfort in the center of the chest lasting for more than a few minutes or may come and go. The discomfort feels like fullness, pain, squeezing or pressure.
  • Discomfort in arm or shoulder with or without the chain discomfort.  
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain.
  • Pain in the back, neck or jaw.
  • Lightheadedness, vomiting or nausea, cold sweats.

We have a physician available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

If you are experiencing serious pain or bleeding following a procedure by one of our physicians, call 434-293-4072, and ask to speak with our physician that is on call.

Your phone call will be handled by our answering service. They may ask you what symptoms you are experiencing so they may relay it to the doctor. They cannot offer you any medical advice and will not suggest you go to the hospital. If you believe your condition is serious, you should call 911 or go to the hospital for immediate attention.

Since the doctor that is on-call is also handling cardiac emergencies at the hospital, it may be a few hours before they can return your call. You may be asked to go to Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital for treatment.

If you are concerned about less serious symptoms following a procedure by one of our physicians, please call the office the next morning to discuss your situation with our triage nurse.