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2/11/2020

American Heart Month: What you Should Know About Heart Attacks


Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.
 
During American Heart Month, the heart experts at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital offer the following information about heart attacks that could save you or a loved one’s life.
 
What are the early symptoms of a heart attack?
A heart attack may cause various types of discomfort that are not generally perceived as “pain” and are not necessarily in the chest. The discomfort may:
  • Feel like indigestion
  • Not be in a specific spot
  • Be felt in the chest, the inner arm (especially the left arm), the jaw or teeth or other parts of the body
  • Get worse with activity and subside with rest
  • Come and go, and increase over time; each new pain recurs sooner, lasts longer and feels worse
  • Be accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms
 
What should I do if I, or someone I care about, is having some of these symptoms?
Dial don’t drive. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t waste valuable time or put yourself and others at risk by driving to the hospital. Emergency responders can respond sooner and begin treatment onsite.
 
Who should be concerned about heart attacks and early heart attack symptoms?
There is no “typical” heart attack victim. Women experience nearly the same number of heart attacks as men. People as young as 20 years old have heart attacks, even highly conditioned athletes in their prime. Sadly, some people have no idea they are at risk for a heart attack until it strikes. Some people have “risk factors” that make them more likely candidates for heart attack.
 
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Presence of early heart attack symptoms
Risk factors include:
  • High-fat diets
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
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About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.  
 
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit  www.hospitalsisters.org
 
 


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Andrew Dilbeck
(217) 433-2763
Andrew.Dilbeck@hshs.org


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