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Each year, during the month of February, we focus on matters of the heart. Heart disease is continually the number one killer in the United States - this issue deserves attention for more than one month of the year. But, while we wear red on the first friday of the month and share information and education about the heart, we will also share with you some articles written by our team of professionals that focus all-year-long on caring for the hearts of our community.
The following articles appeared February 11, 2015 in a special insert to the Daily Local News:
Everyone has heard the stats... Heart disease kills nearly 800,000 people each year in the US. And, it is America's #1 killer. But, did you know that there are some tell-tale signs that, if detected early enough, could help you prevent a cardiac arrest or heart attack from ever occurring? These are called early heart attack symptoms. These symptoms can occur anywhere from days or weeks before a heart attack and include chest pain, discomfort, tightness, pressure, aching and burning as well as less obvious symptoms like weakness, sweating, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath and pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or left arm.
As an accredited Chest Pain Center, Chester County Hospital has made it a goal to educate our community to know and recognize these symptoms in themselves and others and know to seek care immediately before a more serious event occurs. Just think, if a person seeks care early on, when the only symptoms they are experiencing are shortness of breath and chest pressure, it could spare valuable muscles of the heart from being damaged and, more importantly, their life. L
Heart TracksTM is an online tool designed to help you easily determine your risk for heart disease. Simply answer a few questions, and in minutes you'll have an assessment of your heart health and a better understanding of your true heart age. Should you have any questions about your results or next steps, our Cardiovascular Nurse Navigator is available to help you find a doctor, answer your questions and even facilitate further testing and treatment measures.
Last Updated: 2/12/2015