Mercy Medical Center Stresses Importance of Knowing Heart Attack Warning Signs

Mercy Medical Center Stresses Importance of Knowing Heart Attack Warning Signs

Posted on: June 25, 2010

 

Stark County, Ohio: Do you know the signs of a heart attack? Do you know what to do if you or a loved one exhibited any of the below symptoms:
 
Menany kind of chest discomfort, shortness of breath, indigestion, upper abdominal pain, shoulder or arm pain, jaw pain, pain between shoulder blades.
 
Women: any kind of chest discomfort, shortness of breath, weakness and/or unusual fatigue, cold sweats, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, shoulder or arm pain, hot flashes, heart racing sensation.
 
If you or a loved one experience any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate, call 9-1-1 and get them medical attention immediately. Cardiovascular disease, which continues to be the leading cause of mortality among men and women in the United States, claims more than 2.5 million deaths annually – including 600,000 that directly result from heart attacks. 
 
Don’t delay because you are unsure, afraid or think it will go away, because it may not. If you are suffering the above symptoms, do not attempt to drive or transport yourself to a medical facility, instead call 9-1-1 and seek medical help immediately.  Fast treatment will minimize heart damage and speed recovery.
 
About Mercy’s Emergency Chest Pain Center
 
In 2003 Mercy Medical Center’s Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) became the first-ever fully accredited chest pain center in the nation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. In 2006 Mercy was the first hospital in Ohio to receive chest pain center re-accreditation “with PCI”. PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) is the current state-of-the-art method used to treat heart attacks. Mercy is also the only hospital in the nation to have a heart catheterization lab located directly in the Emergency Department, resulting in world-record times for heart attack treatment.
 
About Mercy Medical Center
 
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
 
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