Heart attack treatment in Tallahassee, Florida

When your heart is at stake, every second counts. At Capital Regional Medical Center, we know the importance of early heart attack care. We provide 24/7 treatment for heart attacks and other cardiac events in our emergency room (ER).

If you believe someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. For non-emergency questions, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (850) 325-3627.

The importance of early heart attack treatment

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) designated by the American College of Cardiology, we promote the importance of early heart attack treatment.

When it comes to heart attacks, the more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans.

When someone is having a heart attack, they may have an unwillingness to accept it or may attribute the symptoms to another cause. This delay and denial can be very dangerous. When heart attack symptoms occur, people often take a wait-and-see approach. It's important to know that someone experiencing a heart attack may try to convince you that everything is okay.

If you believe someone is having a heart attack, encourage them to seek emergency care immediately.

Heart attack symptoms

A heart attack can present itself in several ways. It can cause sudden, severe pain, or it can produce gradual pain and discomfort that increases over several hours or even days.

Symptoms of heart attack for men and women include:

  • Clamminess or sweating
  • Dizziness or nervousness
  • Feeling of doom
  • Nausea or indigestion
  • Neck, back or jaw pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or fatigue

One or more of these symptoms are present in nearly half of all heart attacks. Symptoms usually appear within 24 hours before the acute attack. However, they can begin two to three weeks before the coronary event.

Male heart attack symptoms

Men and women can experience different heart attack symptoms. For example, the most common signs of heart attack for men include:

  • Chest ache
  • Chest burning
  • Chest discomfort
  • Chest fullness
  • Chest pressure
  • Chest tightness

Female heart attack symptoms

The most common signs of heart attack in women are:

  • Pressure in the lower chest, which may feel like a stomachache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Weakness

Heart attack risk factors

The more heart attack risk factors you have, the more likely you are to have a heart attack. At Capital Regional Medical Center, we care about your heart health. Through our cardiology program, we offer heart screening services to help patients better understand their health.

The most common risk factors of heart attack are:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Stress