Chest Pain Center
St. Joseph Hospital is accredited as a chest pain center with primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services. This means processes are in place to quickly diagnose and treat chest pain patients 24/7. Care may include cardiac catheterization or angioplasty performed by an interventional cardiologist in the hospital's cath lab.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Recognizing early warning signs of a heart attack, which can be very subtle, and responding quickly can minimize permanent heart damage.
Common early warning signs of a heart attack include:
- Cold sweats
- Pain in one or both arms
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness, fullness or pressure in the chest
Women may have other, less common warning signs, including:
- Back pain
- Pain in the neck, shoulders or jaw
- Stomach or abdominal pain or discomfort
- Unexplained anxiety
- Unexplained fatigue or weakness
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you know experiences a heart attack symptom.
Minimize the effects of the following risk factors to help prevent a heart attack:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
Practice heart-healthy habits to decrease the risk of heart disease.
- Control blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco.
- Eat heart-healthy foods low in saturated fat, transfat, cholesterol and sodium.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Manage blood sugar if you have diabetes.
- Manage stress.
- Schedule regular medical checkups.