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Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.
As frightening as this is, you can take comfort in knowing that Midwest Regional Medical Center is close by and has vital technology with doctors specializing in everything from the heart to the head. Our cardiologists, staff, and our facility have met and surpassed rigorous standards of excellence to become the only place you want to be when a heart attack strikes. And because we're close to home, treatment can begin at once. Midwest Regional ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive treatment necessary during the critical window of the time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
Signs and Symptoms
- Shortness of Breath
- Frequent coughing or wheezing
- Swollen feet, ankles and legs (edema)
- Fatigue (tiredness), weakened
- Nausea or lack of appetite
- Fast heart rate (Tachycardia)
- Dizziness, confusion or impaired thinking
Have Chest Pain? Call 911!
Because every minute counts when having a heart attack, getting to the Emergency Room as quickly as possible is important. Unfortunately, more than 50 percent of all patients experiencing chest pain walk into the Emergency Department rather than dialing 911. The fact remains that every minute counts, and calling 911 starts treatment earlier.
911 dispatchers are often trained to not only locate you quickly, but also assist you in early treatment options. In many areas of the country, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) can diagnose a heart attack by using an electrocardiogram (ECG) and also initiate early treatment. Arriving by ambulance to most Emergency Departments helps to ensure that you will not wait to be seen by a physician. Many patients who experience chest pain drive themselves, only to find that they may wait in the Emergency Department lobby until they can see a doctor. Do not let this happen to you. EMS is trained, ready and willing to help whenever they get the call.