Heart and Vascular in McKinney, TX
Rest assured your heart is in the right place at Medical City McKinney. MCM’s heart and vascular team puts their hearts and souls into ensuring you receive the best and most advanced cardiac care available anywhere. By using the latest equipment and technologies, our board-certified cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists devote their skills to diagnosing and treating a wide range of heart problems.
While we promise to do our jobs, it’s important for our patients to do theirs too. Make sure you and your loved ones learn (by heart) the symptoms of a heart attack. When faced with a heart attack or stroke, the longer a person goes without medical treatment to open up the blockage and restore blood flow, the greater the risk of permanent damage or even death.
Did you know that someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 34 seconds? And, each and every minute, someone in the U.S. dies from a heart disease-related event. There is no question heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In fact, about 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s one in every four deaths.
So, please take this vitally important message to heart: Learn the early symptoms of a heart attack and save a life that is near and dear to you...your own.
While some heart attacks occur suddenly with an intense pain in the chest, most begin subtly, with only mild pain or discomfort. The person affected is often unsure of what’s wrong and waits too long before seeking help. Don’t let this happen to you or to someone you love. Following are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that comes and goes. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath may occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. Yet, it is important to understand that women are more likely than men to experience more subtle symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Reacting quickly can save a life. If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs and believe you are having a heart attack, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
NOTE: It is best not to drive yourself or ask others to drive you to the hospital if you are experiencing heart attack symptoms. You could unintentionally harm yourself and others if you experience heart attack symptoms while driving. And, the person driving you cannot help and drive at the same time. Help should come to you.
Other Cardiac Diagnostic Services
MCM’s comprehensive array of cardiac diagnostic services also includes:
- Stress lab
- 64-slice CT scanner
- Nuclear medicine studies
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Heart Failure Center
These and similar tests are typically ordered to assist your physicians with diagnosing heart disease. Diagnostic testing is usually done on an outpatient basis.
Fluttering in the Heart
What is atrial fibrillation? Are heart palpitations, or fluttering, serious? Dale Yoo, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist at Medical City McKinney, discusses what fluttering means, and the risks associated with it.