Chest pain is one of the most common reasons why patients come to an Emergency Room, but only a small percent of those patients are actually having a heart attack. It's important to make that determination quickly, and at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital we recognize that where your heart is concerned, every minute counts. The Chest Pain Program, established in 2008 and fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, has brought cardiac care to a new level for the residents and visitors of southwest Orlando.
There can be many different reasons for chest pain, and the Chest Pain Program utilizes cutting edge protocols and technology to evaluate patients experiencing potential heart attacks and provide rapid diagnosis and treatment. Patients are given an EKG within 5 minutes of arrival and from there may receive more tests or cardiac catheterization if necessary. Diagnostic equipment, such as the 64-slice cardiac CT scanner, can help rule out whether heart disease is present. The cardiac catheterization lab is able to perform stenting procedures, whether on an emergent or an elective basis.
Whether the chest pain is caused by heart disease or not, all patients in the Chest Pain Center consult with a cardiologist to discuss risk factors and recommendations for follow up. Know your risk factors and know your numbers… when it comes to your heart, time is muscle!
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Learning the warning signs of a heart attack, and seeking prompt medical attention, may mean the difference between life and death. You may be having a heart attack if you experience:
- Chest pain and chest discomfort (the most common heart attack symptoms).
- An uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the middle of your chest. This feeling may go away and come back.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- General weakness or fatigue.
- Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the neck or jaw.
- Sense of impending doom.
If you or someone you know is experiencing heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately.
Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Risk factors are conditions or habits that increase one's likelihood of developing heart disease. They include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physical inactivity
- Family history of heart disease
For more information on heart disease, risk factors and adopting a healthy lifestyle, please visit:
- American Heart Association
- Go Red for Women (a national movement founded by the American Heart Association)
Eight Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What are my risk factors for heart disease and what can I do to lower them?
- What are the warning signs of heart disease?
- What should I know about the effects of menopause on my health?
- What is my blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index?
- What is the best way for me to quit smoking?
- Are my risk factors for heart disease the same or different for those of stroke?
- What is the latest on low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention and treatment?
- If I experience chest pain, what is your overall plan for evaluation?