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Heart attacks can happen anytime, anyplace -- and to anyone. And when they do, every minute matters. After roughly a year of rigorous training and preparation, St. Francis is better equipped than ever to offer live-saving care when and where you need it.
St. Francis is a Chest Pain Accredited Center recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. This designation underscores the hospital’s commitment to providing high quality emergency heart care close to home for the residents of the area. To earn this designation, we worked closely with key community partners, including local EMS to enhance coordination among everyone involved in a patient’s care – from first responders to the hospital emergency department team, critical care staff to cardiac rehab.
As an accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Francis has committed to a higher standard of care for emergency cardiac services, continual quality improvement in heart care, and providing the community education and resources to help keep hearts healthy. We are having a Prime Time to educate community members about ways to keep the heart healthy.
The warning signs of heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, responsible for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). But it doesn’t have to be. Through education and early treatment, heart disease can be successfully treated and, in many cases, even prevented.
Protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the warning signs and symptoms people may experience before a heart attack:
While these are the primary signs of heart attack in adults, women can often experience less commons signs and symptoms, such as:
The good news is that everyone can lower the risk of heart disease by knowing these early signs of heart attack and practicing good preventive habits, including exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, avoiding smoking, and controlling your blood pressure.
If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of a heart attack, contact 911 immediately or proceed to the nearest emergency room or Accredited Chest Pain Center.
To learn more, visit us at www.mystfrancis.com , or call 1-800-424-DOCS.