Heart attack treatment in Sun City Center, Florida

When your heart is at stake, every second counts. At South Bay Hospital, we promote the importance of early heart attack care (EHAC). Our emergency room (ER) personnel are prepared 24/7 to treat patients experiencing heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies.

If you believe someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. For non-emergency questions, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 685-1595.

The importance of early heart attack treatment

When it comes to heart attacks, the more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart attacks are the number one killer of Americans. Our hospital offers fast, effective emergency care to patients experiencing heart attacks.

When someone is having a heart attack, they may have an unwillingness to accept it or may attribute the symptoms to another cause. A person experiencing heart attack symptoms may not want to ask for help or "cause a scene." However, this delay and denial can be dangerous.

It's important to know the symptoms of a heart attack, recognize them and seek emergency medical treatment quickly.

Common heart attack symptoms

A heart attack can present itself in several ways. It can cause sudden pain, gradual pain or discomfort that increases for several hours or even days.

Male heart attack symptoms

Heart attack symptoms differ in men and women. For example, the most common heart attack symptoms for men include:

  • Chest ache
  • Chest burning
  • Chest discomfort
  • Chest fullness
  • Chest pressure
  • Chest tightness

Female heart attack symptoms

For women, the most common signs of heart attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Pressure or tightness in the lower chest, which may feel like a stomachache

Other heart attack symptoms

Additional symptoms of heart attack for men and women include:

  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Clamminess or sweating
  • Nausea or indigestion
  • Dizziness or nervousness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Neck, back or jaw pain
  • Feeling of doom

One or more of these symptoms are present in nearly half of all heart attacks. They usually appear within 24 hours before the acute attack but can begin two to three weeks before the coronary event.

The symptoms may last from a few minutes to several hours and can suddenly increase before the attack. Knowing the signs of heart attack may help you save a life—maybe your own.

Heart attack risk factors

There are several risk factors of heart attack, including:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Stress

The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to have a heart attack. Our cardiology team offers heart screening services and helps patients better understand their heart health.