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If you or a loved one experiences chest pain, call 911 immediately.
Warning signs of a heart attack include:
- Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
We're your partner in heart health
Heart disease is America’s number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, one in four people die of heart disease every year. Those with heart disease often experience no obvious symptoms. In fact, in almost half of all cases, the very first symptom is a heart attack.
At Central Carolina Hospital, we’re committed to the heart health of Lee County and the surrounding area. We provide a continuum of care and services, from prevention and detection to treatment and recovery. When heart trouble arises, Central Carolina Hospital offers our community a suite of services including diagnostic, interventional, and stabilization services.
- Stress Testing
Additional Planned Services
- Coronary Intervention
- Vascular Intervention
At Central Carolina Hospital, we focus on providing a comprehensive approach to heart health. We'll work with you to ensure your heart is in the best possible shape it can be. One easy way to monitor your heart health is to schedule regular check-ups with a cardiologist or your primary care physician. If you don't have one, give us a call at 800.483.6385. We have a team of excellent physicians and are glad to help you find one who best fits your needs.
Making heart health a priority
Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart disease can be the difference between going for a run, or taking an unexpected trip to the hospital. The difficulty is that the signs and symptoms are often mistaken for other ailments. So how do you know when it's a real emergency or something else?
Equally important to keep in mind is that men and women often present different symptoms. Below is a gender-specific list of common signs and symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Men
For some, indigestion is an unfortunate everyday occurrence. But for others who may not have a history of indigestion, this can be a sign that a heart attack is approaching. According to research by the National Institutes of Health, this can be especially true for women. Look for indigestion to be combined with jaw, chest or back pain, anxiety or excessive sweating.
Discomfort in the Stomach, Neck or Jaw
Waking up after sleeping awkwardly, and the neck pain that follows, is the worst. But, if you experience neck or jaw pain not related to an injury, or stomach pain that you can't pinpoint, it could be your body's way of telling you that your heart needs attention. These symptoms may be combined with generalized weakness or lack of energy.
Migraine headaches can be a warning sign of a heart attack. Women, in particular, who experience a migraine accompanied by flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in the hand or face should consult their doctor immediately as this can be a warning sign that a heart attack is approaching.
Everyone feels fatigue from time to time, and more often than not this is just a symptom of life. But if the fatigue just doesn't feel right, that can be a warning sign for heart trouble. Often times, the fatigue doesn't feel like anything you may have experienced before. There can be a generalized weakness associated with the fatigue, combined with other symptoms like shortness of breath. If you're concerned, don't ignore the symptoms.
As humans, we always try to tough it out. But if you're feeling weaker than normal, it may be worth giving the doctor a call.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease in Women
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Want to schedule an appointment with one of our primary care physicians? Call 800-483-6385