Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms?
Although 92 percent of people know that chest pain is a major symptom of a heart attack, only 27 percent know all of the major signs and when to call 911. Therein, nearly half of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside of a hospital. It’s not only important to know the signs, it’s also important to know that any of the signs warrant a visit to the ER.
If you feel chest pain or discomfort, upper body pain, discomfort in your arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach, seek emergency medical care. Shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and cold sweats are also indicators that you need to seek medical attention immediately.
As the pioneer of cardiovascular care in the Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Health is home to the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Central Texas and the highest-level trauma center in a nine-county area. St. Joseph’s Health emergency rooms also care for more emergency and trauma cases, including stroke and heart attack, than any other health system in the region. In case of an emergency, locate your nearest ER so you know where to go when minutes matter.
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