Knowing the Signs of Heart Attack

When you think of February, what comes to mind? Super Bowl? Valentine’s Day? Presidents Day? Well, also remember that it’s American Heart Month. Heart disease is the top cause of death in the United States, and thousands of people have a heart attack every day.@Glowimages 070720c0119.

Friday, February 3, is National Wear Red Day. St. Petersburg Hospital and all of the Hospitals of HCA West Florida are proud sponsors of Go Red for Women, a program that encourages women to get educated about heart disease. During the month of February, each newborn at St. Pete General will receive a red cap to bring awareness to women’s heart disease.

This month and every month, If you know the signs of heart attack, you can get help sooner. Armed with the right information, you can save your life or the life of someone you love.

Know the Risks
You are at higher risk for heart attack if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are of advancing age
  • Are male
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Have had other heart-related health problems
  • Smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke
  • Have high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Are overweight or obese, possibly due to lack of exercise or poor diet
  • Have diabetes

Read the Signs
These are common symptoms to watch out for:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or comes and goes
  • Pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest
  • Discomfort in arms, neck, back, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath that may occur with or without other pain
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 right away. The sooner you get medical attention, the better results you will get from treatment.

The Chest Pain Center at St. Petersburg Hospital has been certified by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This means that our team has met and exceeded criteria set by the Society of Chest Pain Centers during evaluations of the site and team reviews. St. Pete excels due to:

  • An integrated emergency department that works with local emergency systems
  • Timely assessment, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Effective treatment for low-risk patients who have no other cause for their symptoms
  • Constant efforts to improve processes and procedures
  • Setting high standards for staff training and competency
  • Commitment to a well-organized structure
  • Optimized patient care through functional design
  • Community outreach to educate the public about seeking medical attention sooner for more effective treatment

If you experience any possible symptoms of heart attack, our Chest Pain Center can provide you with fast, effective treatment. If you have any risk factors for heart attack, call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-888-741-5122 for more information about how you can protect your heart.

To learn more about heart disease, join us for these informative seminars:

Today at noon: Women and Heart Disease
Hosted by Girardo Garcia, MD
Brentwood Senior Living
6280 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Wednesday, February 8, at noon: Diabetes and Hypertension
Hosted by Henry Kurusz III, MD
Palms Gardens of Largo
10500 Starkey Road
Largo, FL 33777

Just call 1-888-741-5122 to register. Arrive at 11:30 and enjoy a complimentary light lunch.

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Our Chest Pain Center
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