No one wants to think about the frightening possibility of facing a heart attack or a stroke. But if more people — family members, bystanders and the victims themselves — understood the warning signs better; they may help save more lives.
“Both a heart attack and a stroke can send warning signals hours, days, even weeks ahead of time,” says B. Keith Ellis, M.D., board certified interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Chest Pain Center. “Chest pain that’s triggered by exertion and relieved by rest may be an early predictor of a heart attack. In women, older adults and people with diabetes, symptoms may come and go, are often vague and may not be recognized.”
Too many people wait too long to get help, and more damage is done with each passing minute. The good news is new clot-busting heart attack drugs administered within one hour can stop a heart attack in progress. Stroke medication can stop and even reverse brain damage if given within three hours. “If you suspect either a heart attack or a stroke, seek emergency care immediately,” says Dr. Ellis.
To learn more about heart attack and stroke please join us for a free Heart Smart Seminar & Screening on Thursday, February 23 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – Conference Center. To register please call 281-274-7500 or email SLRSVP@tmhs.org. Refreshments, door prizes and free screenings for those attending the seminar. Free screenings include a free blood pressure screening and a lab test gift certificate that includes testing for glucose and lipid profile (including cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL, LDL, VLDL and risk calculation).