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Heart Attacks Don’t Care, But We Do
February 21, 2020
Heart attacks can happen anytime, anyplace -- and to anyone. And when they do, every minute matters. After roughly a year of rigorous training and preparation, Haywood Regional Medical Center (HRMC) is better equipped than ever to offer live-saving care when and where you need it.
In December 2019 HRMC renewed its Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Accreditation Services. This designation underscores the hospital’s commitment to providing high quality emergency heart care close to home for the residents of Haywood County and beyond. To earn this designation, HRMC worked closely with key community partners, including local EMS and others, to enhance coordination among everyone involved in a patient’s care – from first responders to the hospital emergency department team, critical care staff to cardiac rehab.
As an accredited Chest Pain Center, HRMC has committed to a higher standard of care for emergency cardiac services, continual quality improvement in heart care, and providing the community education and resources to help keep hearts healthy.
The warning signs of heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, responsible for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). But it doesn’t have to be. Through education and early treatment, heart disease can be successfully treated and, in many cases, even prevented.
Protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the warning signs and symptoms people may experience before a heart attack:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats
While these are the primary signs of heart attack in adults, women can often experience less commons signs and symptoms, such as:
- Sharp, burning chest pain
- Fluttering in the chest (also known as arrhythmia)
- Pain in the neck, jaw, abdomen or throat
- Upper back pain
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Nausea or vomiting
- Extreme fatigue
- Upper body discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen
The good news is that everyone can lower the risk of heart disease by knowing these early signs of heart attack and practicing good preventive habits, including exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, avoiding smoking, and controlling your blood pressure.
If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of a heart attack, contact 911 immediately or proceed to the nearest emergency room or Accredited Chest Pain Center.
To learn more, visit us at MyHaywoodRegional.com, or schedule an appointment by calling 828.452.DOCS (8358).