Chest Pain/Heart Attack/Stroke

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Emergency Treatment for Chest Pain in San Angelo

When Should You Go to the ER for Chest Pain?

Chest pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, some of which are not serious and some of which are, like heart attacks and strokes. There are a few other heart-related conditions that can cause chest pain, like angina and heart valve disease. Angina is a condition that occurs when your heart muscle does not get enough oxygen-rich blood, and heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the valves in the heart does not work properly. Many of the symptoms of angina and heart valve disease overlap with the symptoms of a stroke. That’s why, if you are experiencing chest pain, there are some key symptoms you want to look out for.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when the blood flow is blocked to the heart muscle. Symptoms of a heart attack can be minor or extremely painful. These symptoms include:

  • Fainting
  • Breaking out into a cold sweat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness, pain, prickling, or other sensations in the back, arms, jaw, neck, or stomach
  • Extreme lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Uncomfortable pressure or pain the center of the chest
  • Sudden aching in one or both arms
  • Sudden fatigue

At our emergency facility, our treatment approach for a heart attack will depend on the patient’s exact symptoms, as well as their medical history and potential physical exam. We can use a variety of methods to diagnose a heart attack, including an electrocardiogram and blood tests. Heart attack treatment typically includes a combination of the following methods:

  • An electrocardiographic (EKG) monitoring to screen for abnormal heart rhythms
  • Medications like nitroglycerin, aspirin, and clot-busting medicines
  • Oxygen treatments
  • Cardiac catheterization

If you think you might be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. If you are in the San Angelo, Texas area, we can provide heart attack treatment, so please do not wait to visit us.

Symptoms of a Stroke

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, which prevents the brain tissue from receiving sufficient oxygen and nutrients. There are three main types of strokes: ischemic strokes, hemorrhagic strokes, and transient ischemic attacks. Although these types of strokes have different causes, many of the symptoms overlap. The symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden numbness of weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking, or difficulty interpreting language
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Sudden loss of balance
  • Unusual lack of coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

When you visit our facility for stroke treatment, we will begin by making a diagnosis. It is important to determine that a stroke is, in fact, the cause of your symptoms, in order for us to provide the right treatment for you. We can use a variety of methods to diagnose a stroke, including a physical exam, blood tests, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, carotid ultrasound, a cerebral angiogram, and an echocardiogram. If we determine that you are suffering from a stroke, your treatment method will depend on the type of stroke and the severity of symptoms, but will generally involve a combination of the following treatments:

  • Emergency IV medication
  • Emergency endovascular procedures
  • Emergency surgery

If you think you might be having a stroke, call 911 immediately. If you are in the San Angelo, Texas area, we can provide heart attack treatment, so please do not wait to visit us. For other questions and concerns about our facility, call us at (325) 225-5500 or contact us online.

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