24/7 heart attack care in Kissimmee, Florida
The faster a heart attack can be diagnosed and treated, the better chance you have for a successful recovery. At Osceola Regional Medical Center, we have a dedicated chest pain team to make sure you get the treatment you need as quickly as possible during a heart emergency.
If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Heart attack causes
The most common causes of heart attacks are atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease (CAD). These conditions occur when fatty deposits, or plaque, build up on the walls of the arteries. This results in a narrowing of the arteries and restricts blood flow.
Plaque can also cause a tear or rupture in the artery, which leads to the formation of a blood clot. These blockages in your artery's blood flow can contribute to a heart attack.
Signs of a heart attack
Acting quickly when you recognize heart attack symptoms can determine how well you recover. It is also important to know that some of these symptoms can occur across hours, days or weeks.
Heart attack symptoms include:
- Cold sweat
- Discomfort or pain in the center of the chest—it may feel like pressure or squeezing that lasts a long time or goes away and comes back
- Discomfort or pain in the jaw, arms, back, neck or stomach
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
Women often have other, more subtle symptoms, including:
- Extreme fatigue, which may occur days or weeks in advance
- Lightheadedness, which may lead to fainting
- Pressure or pain in the lower chest, upper abdomen or upper back
Know the early symptoms or the “beginnings” of a heart attack
While people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms, they may experience mild chest symptoms, such as:
- Pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of Fullness
- Pain that travels down one of both arms
Symptoms can begin about 2 weeks prior to a major event. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.
Share early heart attack care with your family and friends. Paying careful attention to these early symptoms can prevent heart attacks and save heart muscle damage.
Heart attack risk factors
There are several factors that increase your chance of having a heart attack. The more of these factors you have, the higher your risk of a heart attack.
Uncontrollable risk factors include:
- Advanced age
- Family history of cardiovascular disease
- Previous heart attack
- Race or ethnicity
Controllable risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke
Emergency heart attack care
We are proud to be accredited as a Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the American College of Cardiology. This means the heart specialists at our hospital are available 24/7 to administer lifesaving treatment, such as PCI.
If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, it's crucial to seek emergency care immediately.
After you have received treatment for a heart attack, it's important to follow-up with rehabilitation. We offer a cardiac rehabilitation program that provides guidance on exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional and physical support and lifestyle education.