Chest Pain: When to Seek Help
Courtesy Texoma Medical Center, Texoma LIVING WELL Magazine
Chest pain can have many causes—some as simple as heartburn or a muscle strain. But when pain in your chest is heart-related, it can lead to a heart attack.
But how do you know when your pain is serious enough to get emergency medical care? Be familiar with these Early Heart Attack Care signs and symptoms:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in the chest
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
- Sudden cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
While chest pain is a common heart attack symptom for women, they are more likely than men to experience the other symptoms.
Chest pain can vary in intensity. If you experience chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes, disappears and then returns, get immediate emergency help.
Turn to Texoma
Texoma Medical Center’s Texoma Heart Institute (THI) is home to one of the premier cardiovascular programs in the region. From cardiology procedures to open-heart surgery, THI offers top-quality care for your heart.
In addition, the TMC Emergency Department is a designated Level III Trauma Center. The department is always at the ready—24/7 — for rapid chest pain intervention.
Your Go-To Hospital for Chest Pain
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has accredited TMC as a Chest Pain Center. Our highly skilled staff can quickly and accurately diagnose your chest pain symptoms.
Physicians are on the medical staff of Texoma Medical Center, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Texoma Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.
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