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Know the Early Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Did you know that heart attacks have warning signs? They occur in more than 50 percent of heart patients. The good news is that doctors can treat these signs. When that care is needed, the Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Cardiovascular Program can help.

According to the Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), every 25 seconds an American has a coronary event, and every minute someone dies of one. Knowing the early signs and acting upon them is essential before heart damage occurs. So, what are the early symptoms?

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness

People may also experience mild chest symptoms such as pressure, burning, aching, or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe. And some people may
experience these symptoms differently, having mild occurrences or feeling them intermittently.

Noteworthy Heart and Stroke Services

Crittenton’s quality heart and stroke care has been noted by several national organizations. Crittenton has chest pain center accreditation from the SCPC, which means that the hospital meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures.

In addition, the Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Crittenton with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. This illustrates Crittenton’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for stroke patients.

Whether it’s a stroke or heart problem that brings patients to Crittenton, when they arrive, they will be a part of a cardiovascular program that specializes in interventional cardiology, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation. From lowering the risk for heart disease to treating strokes or heart attacks, the Crittenton cardiovascular team is ready for every situation.

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