Hazard ARH is an Accredited Chest Pain Center
What it means to our patients:
Links the care process between the Cardiologists, Emergency Department staff and physicians, Cath Lab and other Cardiac departments – this Significantly reduces the time it takes for a patient experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to see a physician, thus reducing the time of treatment during the critical early stages – TIME IS HEART MUSCLE
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack are as follows:
If you experienced any signs or symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome, call 911 right away. You may need an ambulance to take you to the hospital to our Emergency Room/Chest Pain Center.
- Chest Discomfort - Most Heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain'
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath. Most occur with or without chest discomfort
- Other signs: these may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness With women these additional signs include extreme fatigue, back pain, upper abdominal pain, persistent heartburn, post menopausal, SOA, nausea
Several predisposing Factors include smoking, obesity, and females over 40 years of age, hypertension, hyper cholesterol, and family history of cardiac disease.
What can you do to prevent Acute Coronary Syndrome?
- Eat low-fat foods - Ask your caregiver for information about a health heart diet
- Exercise regularly
- Lose Weight
- Stop Smoking
- Talk to your doctor about taking medicine for high cholesterol. Diet and exercise may not lower your cholesterol enough. Cholesterol medicine may help prevent further cholesterol build up in the arteries
- Treat health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes
- Take your medicines as directed by your doctor