February Is American Heart Month

As part of American Heart Month, our director and coordinator from the Chest Pain Center at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell are answering three important questions about heart disease. To learn more or to take the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s EHAC Oath, visit capitalchestpain.org.

1. IF I AM HAVING A HEART ATTACK OR SOMEONE I KNOW IS, WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?

Call 9-1-1.
“Calling 9-1-1 puts you in contact with a trained dispatcher who will tell you what to do and sends an ambulance to your location. When the ambulance arrives, treatment begins in your home and the emergency department is prepared for your arrival at the hospital. Because your symptoms may get worse, driving yourself is very dangerous,” said Philomena Fonollosa, registered nurse and coordinator of the Chest Pain Center at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.

2. HOW CAN YOU PREVENT HEART DISEASE?

“There are some risk factors that you can’t control, such as age, gender and heredity. However most risk factors can be treated or managed by lifestyle changes or medication,” said Dr. Kristopher Young, a cardiologist and director of the Chest Pain Center at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell.
Risk factors that can be treated or controlled include:
• Smoking tobacco
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Lack of exercise
• Obesity

3. DO MEN & WOMEN HAVE DIFFERENT SIGNS OF HEART ATTACK?

Yes, click here for more details.


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