More than 1 million Americans suffer from a heart attack every year. A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction (MI), causes permanent damage to your heart muscle due to a lack of blood supply, commonly because of a blockage in an artery. Identifying warning signs of a heart attack can help you take the precautions you need, such as creating a plan and discussing it with your family prior to the emergency.
Symptoms of an oncoming heart attack include shortness of breath, discomfort in your chest, and pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw, and stomach. Typically women are more likely than men to experience pain in areas other than your chest. Heart attacks are typically caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and old age, amongst other reasons.
If your doctor says you are at risk for a heart attack it is important to create a plan with your family so that everyone is prepared in case of an emergency. The first decision to make is
where you would like to be treated. Though most would assume a hospital is the only place to receive care for a heart attack that is not true. Emergi-Care, located in Houston is a critical emergency care clinic that is more than an urgent care, but faster than a hospital. Emergi-Care’s professional, friendly board-certified doctors are trained to handle serious conditions such as heart attacks, as well as seizures and head injuries and they will provide you with the immediate care and personalized attention you want and need.
Emergi-Care is equipped with its own laboratory and medical equipment, including an X-ray machine and CT scanner so they can run any necessary tests and process the results. Also, if hospital admission is required, a hospital transfer will be arranged quickly and efficiently.
Being well-informed about all of the facilities close to you can make all the difference during an emergency such as a heart attack. Time is essential during an illness or injury and it is important to be prepared, so if you know you’re at risk for a heart attack, make sure you form a plan that includes immediate care at Emergi-Care.
Emergi-Care is a fully licensed, freestanding critical care clinic in Houston, Texas, providing the NASA area community with a convenient alternative to overcrowded hospitals and urgent care centers by delivering fast, friendly, high-quality medical treatment in a comfortable neighborhood setting. For more information visit Emergi-Care’s website or Facebook page.