Did you know that every 34 seconds, someone has a heart attack? One in four deaths in the United States is due to heart disease. This year, don't let that "I" be you. Choose the region’s only hospital with a cardiologist here 24/7.
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ProMedica Toledo Hospital is the only hospital in the region with a cardiologist on-duty in our hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our cardiologists treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the heart and vascular system. They also provide in-depth consultations on treatment options and can perform non-invasive testing to deliver accurate and simple diagnoses.
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Heart Attack Warning Signs
Chest pain is a major symptom of heart attack. You may feel the pain in only one part of your body, or it may move from your chest to your arms, shoulder, neck, teeth, jaw, belly area, or back. Other symptoms include: anxiety, cough, fainting, light-headedness, nausea and palpitations. Some people (the elderly, people with diabetes, and women) may have little or no chest pain. Or, they may experience unusual symptoms (shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness). A "silent heart attack" is a heart attack with no symptoms.
If you're feeling any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing signs of heart attack.
Causes of Heart Attack
Most heart attacks (commonly associated with cardiac arrest) are caused by a blood clot that blocks one of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries bring blood and oxygen to the heart. If the blood flow is blocked, the heart starves for oxygen and heart cells die.
Risk factors for heart attack include: increased age; male gender; family history of heart disease; high blood pressure; smoking; high "bad" cholesterol; and kidney disease.
Heart Attack and Women
Significant differences may exist in the symptoms displayed by women and men. Men typically experience the "classic" heart attack signs, whereas women's symptoms may resemble those of men, but – on occasion – nausea, an overwhelming fatigue, and dizziness are the main symptoms and are ignored or chalked up to stress. Women have reported that they have had a hard time getting their doctors to listen to them about these early warning symptoms.
There is no denying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But preventing a disease means believing you are actually at risk. Women are advised to take charge of their health by working with their doctor to address risk factors, and keep tabs on cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and lifestyle.
In an emergency, it is important to know the heart attack warning signs and always call 911 within 5 minutes of the onset of symptoms. By acting quickly, a heart attack victim is less likely to experience cardiac arrest (where the heart stops beating).
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women over age 25.