Trumbull Regional Medical Center – Cardiac Care Chat

Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Susan DeLeo sits down with Dr. Shyam Bhakta, MD in this week's Health Chat

Trust Your Heart to Expert Hands

Early recognition of heart attack symptoms is vital, time is of the essence. Heart attacks are not always sudden and intense. Many heart attacks start slowly with only mild pain and/or discomfort. Some people do not have chest pain but have other signs.

Many women and older adults can experience dizziness or lightheadedness, stomach symptoms or unexplained sweating/perspiration.

In the weeks before experiencing a heart attack, women sometimes feel unusually tired and not well. It’s very important to recognize these symptoms and seek medical care right away.

Typical signs of a heart attack:

  • Discomfort in one of both arms, chest, back, neck, jaw or stomach described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. The feeling may be sudden and intense or start slowly with mild discomfort. The feeling may last more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • May have persistent shortness of breath.

Atypical Symptoms of a heart attack (more common in women, diabetics and elderly):

  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea, vomiting or feeling of fullness
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty breathing

It is important that if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms you call 911 immediately. Paramedics and EMS can start lifesaving intervention and treatment on the way to the hospital.

Cardiac Care at Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Trumbull Regional Medical Center is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in the Mahoning Valley. As an accredited facility, expert care begins the moment someone with chest pain enters the emergency room and continues through diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and follow up.

Our heart team is trained to diagnose chest pain quickly and begin treatment as soon as possible to help prevent, or even reverse, muscle damage to the heart. We offer the full continuum of cardiac care including open heart surgery and have the areas only certified cardiac rehab program for those recovering. Patients that attend cardiac rehab after their procedure are less likely to experience a second heart attack and live longer.

For more information on Trumbull Regional Medical Center’s cardiac program, visit trumbullregional.org/heart.

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