Recognize symptoms of a heart attack
If you are experiencing symptoms that could be a signal of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately.
- Squeezing chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in chest
- Recurring chest discomfort
- Pain spreading to shoulders, neck or arms
More likely in women
- Indigestion or gas-like pain
- Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained weakness, fatigue
- Discomfort/pain between shoulder blades
- Sense of impending doom
Take heart, take care, take action!
Talk to your doctor about heart disease. If you don’t have a family physician, please contact Covenant Health, and we can assist you in finding a physician who meets your needs. The phone number is 865-541-4500, and a physician directory is available online
Ask your doctor to conduct a thorough assessment of your heart, including determining your total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglyceride and glucose levels. Ask about your risk factors for heart disease each year. If you have one or more risk factors, ask if you should have an electrocardiograph (EKG) or exercise stress test.
Seek additional resources and information. Contact Covenant Health at 865/541-4500 and find out where there is a cardiac rehabilitation center
close to your home and other programs to help you stop smoking and/or lose weight. Contact other area organizations in your community that offer health education, such as the American Heart Association, public library and other agencies.
Make sure that your concerns are heard. If you have symptoms, even if they are vague and you think they may not be serious, make an appointment to see your primary care physician. Ask to be referred to a cardiologist if your symptoms do not improve or if you are worried and want a second opinion.