Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, regardless
of age. However, if you have a cardiovascular condition, it’s even
more critical to improve overall wellness by following a treatment plan
with the help of a specialist at the
cardiopulmonary services department. Additionally, you can be proactive about your health by learning
to recognize the red flags of cardiac problems, some of which may require
Warning Signs of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Coronary heart disease is characterized by the
accumulation of plaque inside the coronary arteries, which bring blood to the heart. As the leading cause of death among men
and women in the U.S., it’s important to recognize the warning signs
of CHD early. If you’ve developed CHD, you may experience angina,
or chest pain, which may feel like a squeezing sensation in your chest.
Angina may be triggered by emotional or physical stress and it may be
relieved by rest. Patients may also experience shortness of breath if
CHD led to heart failure.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
CHD increases the risk of a heart attack, which requires emergency care
at the nearest ER. If you think you could be experiencing a heart attack,
you shouldn’t try to drive yourself to the hospital; instead, call
911. Some possible signs of a heart attack include pain in the chest,
jaw, back, neck, arms, and upper abdominal area. Dizziness, lightheadedness,
and cold sweats are other possible signs of a heart attack.
Red Flags of Heart Failure
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is incapable of pumping
a sufficient volume of blood to fulfill the demands of the body. In addition
to shortness of breath and fatigue, heart failure may lead to swelling
in the lower extremities, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, persistent cough
or wheezing, and sudden weight gain caused by fluid retention.
The highly trained specialists at the Cardiopulmonary Department at
Raulerson Hospital are available around the clock to perform intensive and critical care
procedures. Our cardiopulmonary services in Okeechobee, FL include diagnostic
imaging and emergency care. If you think you’re experiencing a medical
emergency, please call 911 right away for transportation to the ER; otherwise,
you can call (863) 763-9228 to speak to a registered nurse.