More than 250,000 Americans will die this year alone from cardiac arrest without ever being hospitalized. Did you know that heart attacks can last four to six hours and that the heart muscle suffers the most damage during the first hour? Being aware of heart attack warning signs is one of the best things you can do to minimize damage caused by a heart attack.
If you believe you may be having a heart attack, call 911 or rush to the nearest emergency department, where the situation can be evaluated and treatment can be delivered.
Heart attack symptoms can be tricky, and a patient could experience one or several symptoms. Warning signs in people over age 70 tend to be more subtle and may only appear as a sudden change in alertness or mental sharpness.
Most Norton Healthcare emergency departments are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including:
- Nuclear imaging
- Cardiac CT scans
Who is at risk for a heart attack?
Those individuals that fall into one of the many high-risk categories for heart attacks and heart disease need to be especially attentive to their body and heart attack warning signs.
People that fall into the high-risk category are those who:
- Have a family history of heart disease
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol levels
- Are overweight
- Have diabetes
- Are under much stress
For many patients, heart attacks aren’t always unexpected. Because many heart attack victims experience one or more of the warning signs prior to a heart attack, being responsive to your body’s signals could save your life. In fact, two-thirds of heart attack patients experience one or more of the warning signs up to a month before suffering an actual heart attack.
No matter what the circumstance, the physicians and trained medical professionals at Norton Healthcare's Emergency Departments are here to help. If you are examined in the emergency department and admitted for care, you can rest assured that you will receive quality, compassionate care.
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