Heart Month: Coronary Heart Disease

Heart Disease
Posted at 8:15 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-14 23:49:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- February is Heart Month, and all month long on WTXL Sunrise, we're talking about the important things you need to know.

Coronary Heart Disease is when plague builds up in your coronary arteries, and often can result in a heart attack.

Capital Regional Medical Center is an Accredited Chest Pain Center to treat patients fast.

According to the hospital, "In a heart attack, time is muscle. The faster it can be diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of saving cardiac muscle -- and the patient's life."

The national average for treating a patient who comes to the ER with signs of a heart attack is around 90 minutes. Capital Regional Medical Center's time is just under 33 minutes.

Dr. Niraj Pandit says knowing your risk factors is key. That includes things like family history, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

It's also important to know when something is wrong, so you can call 911 and get the help you need.

Here are the signs you may be having a heart attack:

- Pressure, squeezing, or pain in your chest

- Arm, back, neck, stomach, or facial pain

- Breathlessness

- Cold sweat

- Lightheadedness

In addition, women often experience atypical symptoms; including nausea and fatigue don't ignore your symptoms. Call 911 if you suspect a cardiac event; do not drive yourself to the hospital.

For more information, call (850) 325-5000 or click here.


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