• How to Tell if You Are Having a Heart Attack

    What is it like to have a heart attack? Most people envision the movie version, in which you clutch your chest and collapse with little doubt of the cause. In reality, heart attacks can be much more difficult to identify. The symptoms can be subtle and non-specific, and it’s not uncommon for patients having a heart attack to be unsure if they should even seek urgent care . However, delaying heart attack treatment can be dangerous as every minute without care means the loss of more heart muscle. Get the urgent care you need if you experience any of these symptoms.

    Chest Pain

    Chest pain doesn’t always mean you are having a heart attack, but as this video explains, a doctor should always diagnose the cause. Most people do experience chest pain during a heart attack. The pain can be mild or intense, constant or come and go, and feel like burning, squeezing, or pressure. Although many things can cause chest pain, it’s essential to rule a heart attack out so you don’t lose valuable treatment time.

    Nausea

    Women in particular often feel nauseated during a heart attack. Vomiting is also possible. If you feel nauseated, consider your other symptoms. Nausea combined with chest pain, fatigue, or light-headedness could indicate that you are having a heart attack and need to be diagnosed in an ER.

    Shortness of Breath

    Shortness of breath is common during a heart attack. Many survivors describe the feeling of intense chest pressure that leaves them breathless. Shortness of breath should always be evaluated in the ER so that a proper diagnosis can be made, even if you are not also experiencing chest pain.

    The ER at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is committed to providing patients with the urgent care they need during a heart attack. Our accredited Chest Pain Center and inpatient cardiology team offer comprehensive care for a range of heart conditions. To find out more, contact our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 880-2700.

  • Women and Heart Attacks: Get the Facts

    One of the biggest misconceptions about heart attacks is that they are a man’s problem. In reality, women experience just as many heart attacks as men, and worryingly, they are more likely to die from them. That is because women are less likely to seek urgent care when they experience heart attack symptoms because they think it can’t happen to them. It’s more important than ever for women to educate themselves about their heart health and to take steps to protect themselves. Here are the facts you need to know about this pressing women’s health issue.

    Women Have Different Heart Attack Symptoms

    When most people think of heart attacks, they think of crushing chest pain that makes you double over. In reality, most heart attacks are much more subtle, especially for women. In fact, women are more likely to have nausea, back pain, and jaw pain during their heart attacks than men are. Breathing difficulties, with or without chest pain, are also common. If you have these symptoms, seek urgent care in an ER, even if you don’t have chest pain, because your heart could be to blame.

    Hormones Are Linked to Heart Disease Risk

    Menopause marks a dramatic shift in hormone levels in women. The decreased level of estrogen has a side effect many women overlook—an increased risk of heart disease. For some women, hormone replacement therapy may not only control more traditional symptom of menopause but also reduce the risk of heart disease that can lead to a heart attack. Talk to your women’s health specialist about heart health after menopause.

    Urgent Care Saves Lives

    As with men, every second counts during a heart attack for women. By minimizing your risk and delaying treatment, you could be allowing more damage to heart muscle. It is better to seek urgent care in the ER and find out you’re not having a heart attack than to wait and second-guess your symptoms.

    Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas provides urgent care in our ER in Las Vegas for heart attacks and comprehensive women’s health services. Talk to one of our nurses today by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • Knowing What to Do to Survive a Heart Attack

    During a heart attack, every minute counts. For the best possible outcomes, patients should receive urgent care within one hour of the onset of symptoms, and delaying treatment even 30 minutes could shave one year off of your life. Don’t let a heart attack put your life on the line. Take these steps to fight back when a heart attack strikes.

    Call 911

    If you experience heart attack symptoms, you need urgent care immediately. The fastest way to get treatment is to call 911 and report your symptoms. Tell the operator that you think you are having a heart attack so that help is dispatched immediately. The operator may ask you to chew an aspirin, and if you are not allergic, do so. Don’t delay calling 911 to find aspirin or take one until instructed to do so. Do not call your own doctor before calling 911, which can delay treatment, and do not try to drive yourself to the ER. An ambulance is the best way to get to the hospital, since treatment can begin en route, however, accept a ride from someone else if you don’t have any other choice.

    Describe Your Symptoms Clearly

    In the ambulance and at the ER, be direct and clear about your symptoms. Don’t minimize them or try to explain them away. Express how severe they are, when they started, and that they are not usual for you. If you feel like you are not being understood, be persistent. Answer questions clearly and don’t be afraid to ask your own. Try to remain calm so you can communicate effectively.

    Be Your Own Advocate

    Women in particular sometimes face diagnosis delays in the ER during heart attacks. If you think that something is wrong, don’t allow your concerns to be dismissed. Ask if you have been screened for a heart attack, and if you don’t feel like you’re getting appropriate care, request a visit from a cardiologist.

    The Chest Pain Center at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas offers urgent care for heart attack patients to save heart tissue and lives. More information about our cardiac and stroke care services is available by calling (702) 880-2700.

  • Possible Causes Behind Your Chest Pain

    One of the most common reasons people seek urgent care in an ER is chest pain. Most people associate chest pain with heart attacks, and indeed, chest pain is present in many cardiac emergencies. However, your heart isn’t the only thing that can cause pain in your chest. Here are some of the potential diagnoses that can result from chest pain.

    Heart and Blood Vessel Problems

    The heart is the source of many cases of chest pain , though not all patients with chest pain are having a heart attack. A tear in the aorta—the blood vessel that moves blood from your heart to the rest of your body—can trigger sudden and severe chest pain that also affects the back. If the sac that surrounds your heart becomes inflamed, you will likely experience pain in the center of your chest. Angina is chest pain that may or may not indicate an impending heart attack. With a heart attack, your chest pain may feel like squeezing or crushing and may also affect your shoulder or jaw.

    Panic Attacks

    Extreme anxiety can cause tightness in the chest that can be painful. During a panic attack, you may experience increasing chest pain as well as heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, and breathing difficulties. In some cases, there is no obvious trigger for a panic attack, so it is possible to have one without any indication of the source of your anxiety.

    Heartburn

    Heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux or GERD, is frequently mistaken for a heart attack. It causes burning chest pain along with nausea and a feeling that something is stuck in your chest. Many people who seek urgent care for chest pain find out that heartburn is to blame.

    When you experience chest pain, getting a diagnosis in the ER is essential so you can get the urgent care you need if a heart attack is to blame. Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center offers emergency care when you need it most, around the clock in our hospital in Las Vegas. You can get more information about our medical services by calling (702) 880-2700.