By Nazim Khan, MD, Cardiologist & Brian Zagol, MD, Cardiologist
When a heart attack strikes, every minute matters. In fact, the first few minutes are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. While the world continues to focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, is still the leading cause of death in the United States – and as such – it’s important to seek care urgently.
At Sovah Health, we want to stress the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart-related emergency and that our hospital is still a safe place to come should you or your loved ones need care. Not only do we have safety measures in place to protect our patients from infection, but quickly taking action in an emergency will help ensure that the patient gets proper medical treatment before it’s too late.
Heart failure refers to problems inhibiting the heart’s ability to properly function and circulate blood through the body. Heart attacks are related to atherosclerosis – the process of a substance called plaque building up in the walls of the arteries. Plaque buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. This increases the risk of a blood clot forming, which can stop blood flow and potentially cause a heart attack, stroke or even cardiac arrest.
Heart attacks, stroke and cardiac arrest are all life-threatening, and every second is critical in regard to response time and treatment. If you or someone around you is experiencing any of the following symptoms identified by the American Heart Association, call 9-1-1 immediately to receive help and treatment as quickly as possible.
Symptoms of a heart attack:
Symptoms of a stroke:
Symptoms of cardiac arrest:
If you have heart disease or condition or have survived a stroke, you may be considered higher risk for COVID-19 complications, but don’t delay routine care. Call your doctor as you may be able to get advice over the phone or use telehealth for a virtual visit.
Sovah Health is proud to be accredited in the following, Chest Pain Center, Cardiac Catherization Lab and in Heart Failure, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to our community’s heart health.
In the event of a heart-related emergency, know the signs and symptoms and call 9-1-1. Acting quickly may safe a life, including your own. To learn more, visit heart.org or our website SovahHealth.com.