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If you or a loved one are experiencing severe chest pain, shortness of breath, or nausea, call 911 immediately.
When it comes to your heart health, count on the award-winning experts at Essentia. Our knowledgeable and experienced care teams will partner with you on prevention and early detection as well as diagnosis and treatment. We offer patients the latest treatments, technology, and access to clinical trials.
For your convenience, many of our cardiologists travel to rural clinics to see patients or provide appointments via TeleVideo Exams.
A cardiologist is a doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the heart including congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and electrical activity of the heart.
You should see your primary care physician if you have a family history of heart disease or if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Your doctor may refer you to a heart specialist for further testing and treatment. If you experience frequent or severe chest pain, shortness of breath, or nausea, get medical attention immediately.
Heart attacks have beginnings called Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC). EHAC education teaches you to recognize the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. We want you to be educated so you can save a life – even if it’s yours.
Like other diseases, heart attacks have early signs and symptoms which may occur in 50% of patients. Luckily, if recognized, you can be treated before heart damage occurs. Stay alert, and always stay aware of chest pressure.
Become more aware of the general risk factors that you can discuss with your health care provider:
Some heart attack symptoms can be different between men and women. Why does it matter? Women may be less likely to seek immediate medical care which can cause more damage to the heart.
In some instances, the signs and symptoms are different. The patient may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest. Be alert for the following:
If you miss the early signs and someone collapses, call 9-1-1 and begin Hands-Only CPR. If an AED is available, deploy it as soon as possible. AEDs provide easy to follow verbal instructions.
It important we learn about Hands-Only CPR. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), about 90% who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests pass away.
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency:
The AHA recommends using CPR with compressions and breaths for infants, children, and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems.
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You or a loved one may need advanced heart care after a heart attack, surgery, severe chest pain, or other event. Receive expert care in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota, which includes:
Talk to your doctor to see if you may be eligible to participate in a research study through the Essentia Institute of Rural Health. By participating in a clinical study, you may have access to treatments, medications and medical devices that are not widely available.