For years we've offered the latest and greatest in chest pain care. Now our patients can enjoy a brand-new, state-of-the-art Heart Center for their treatment and recovery after a heart attack. Our new amenities are more comfortable for our patients and their families, and are designed to make it easier for nurses and physicians to provide better, safer care.
Chest Pain... It's a big deal!
Before you experience any noticeable chest pain, the clock may already be ticking on your window of time to seek medical care. If you think you’re having a heart attack, call for help immediately.
As the first hospital in the United States to have a Chest Pain Center - Cycle 4 with PCI Accreditation, we want to take a moment to let you know some important facts about heart health.
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted—which deprives the heart muscle of oxygen and causes damage or tissue death. Other names for heart attack include coronary attack, myocardial infarction, coronary thrombosis, and acute coronary syndrome.
Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack, but not everyone who has a heart attack experiences the same chest pain. In general, women, elderly, and individuals with diabetes may experience no pain, or symptoms that aren’t considered the norm. It is important to consult with your health care provider and understand these symptoms.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Shortness of breath
- Chest heaviness
- Chest pain
- Arm pain, neck or jaw pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Heart racing
- Excessive sweating
- Any combination of these
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room, preferably a chest pain center.
Healthy Heart Tips
You can take steps to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle. Some of these steps include:
- If you smoke—quit.
- Eat a heart-healthy diet—low in saturated fat and cholesterol and rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Take medications as directed.
- Lose excess weight.
- Drink alcohol in moderation—one or fewer drinks per day for women and two or fewer drinks per day for men.
It's Time to Take Care of You!
There is hope for a full life after a heart attack—the key is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Physicians, rehab therapists, and dietitians can work together to help you build a plan for your particular situation and circumstance, but quality of life after a heart attack is dependent on a few simple, yet very important factors—not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. These lifestyle choices are vital if you want to live as long as possible. Your health care professionals can offer the information and the resources you need to put a plan into action.