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Symptoms of a heart attack can present themselves in varying degrees of severity and may present differently in women rather than men. If you think that you may be having a cardiac event or if you are experiencing any, even mild, heart attack symptoms, please seek emergency medical help IMMEDIATELY. The sooner the condition is diagnosed, and treatment has begun, the less likely the heart attack will be fatal or cause long-lasting damage to your heart.
The above symptoms may present differently in different people. Some may experience symptoms quickly and with more severity than others, while some may experience very mild symptoms, symptoms over a longer period of time, or no symptoms at all. Heart attack symptoms also vary based on gender as well. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain even without chest pain or pressure.
One of the first steps in diagnosing a heart attack is to perform an electrocardiogram, which will reveal abnormalities in the electrical activity of the heart as well as identify areas of the heart that may be suffering from oxygen deprivation. Your doctor may take a blood test to check for small signs of a heart attack in the chemical makeup of your blood. Each of these useful evaluation tools can be administered at Medco ER & Urgent Care in Plano or Frisco with our state-of-the-art testing equipment and in-house laboratory.
Based on the results from these tests, you may be placed into Medco ER & Urgent Care’s Observation Program – but because you’ll already be at a medical facility, you can rest assured that should your condition change or worsen, you’ll be able to receive immediate medical care.
Health emergencies never happen at a convenient time. If you believe that you or someone you love may be experiencing some type of cardiac emergency, visit a Medco ER & Urgent Care near you or seek immediate emergency medical help.
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