Early heart attack care (EHAC) is a public awareness initiative. It was
developed by a physician for the purpose of educating the public about
the early warning signs of a heart attack and the necessity of getting
immediate care at an ER. With better awareness about early heart attack
care, the healthcare professionals at
Westside Regional Medical Center hope to increase survival rates.
Recognizing the Early Signs of a Heart Attack
One of the driving principles behind the EHAC public awareness campaign
is that the
onset of symptoms among heart attack victims may develop well before the heart attack occurs. About half of heart attack
patients first develop symptoms within the 24 hours preceding the cardiovascular
event. Some patients have reported these symptoms two to three weeks prior
to the heart attack. ER physicians strongly urge patients to seek a medical
evaluation if they experience chest pain, shortness of breath, cold sweats,
heartburn, or sudden lightheadedness. In addition to its hallmark symptom—chest
pain—a heart attack may cause pain of the upper back and stomach,
jaw, shoulders, and arms.
Understanding the Role of the Bystander
It isn’t unusual for a heart attack victim to disregard the early
warning signs of a cardiovascular event. Patients may delay seeking emergency
care because they assume that they have good overall health and that the
symptoms do not indicate a serious problem. Some people avoid going to
the ER because they feel short on time. This is why it’s crucial
for bystanders to recognize the early warning signs and get emergency
medical help for the patient. These individuals might be co-workers, exercise
partners, spouses, children, or total strangers who take action to save a life.
Westside Regional Medical Center encourages members of our community to
become informed of the early signs of a heart attack and to avoid delays
emergency care. Heart attack patients who are rushed to our emergency room in Plantation,
FL, promptly undergo diagnostic tests, and receive rapid medical and surgical
interventions to increase survival rates. For non-emergency inquiries,
contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (954) 722-9933.