Chest pain can happen to anyone and is fairly common. Differentiating between various types of chest pain can still be confusing. Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild discomfort or pain however, other heart attacks are rapid and intense. Is it a heart attack? Indigestion? Or something different altogether? Dr. Matt Bruckel, founder of Total Access Urgent Care, recently shared some lifesaving tips on KDSK.
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Be Aware of Your Symptoms
Certain lifestyle habits, hereditary traits, and risk factors increase the likelihood of heart attacks. Smoking, obesity, diet, stress, high blood pressure and cholesterol are risk factors that are controllable. Some risk factors are not such as age and genetics. Being aware of common symptoms and knowing when to seek help are of the most important ways to control the damage and minimize the complications of heart disease.
Don't wait. Early in the onset of discomfort, visit Total Access Urgent Care (TAUC). Dr. Bruckel explained that heart attacks typically feel like heavy chest pressure, as if someone were sitting on your chest, and are often accompanied by sweats, nausea, and tingling in the arms, and jaw. However, not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Unusual symptoms are particularly common in women. Symptoms can vary in intensity. For some the symptoms are mild, while for others the pain is more severe.
The reliable and experienced emergency medicine providers at TAUC can quickly administer critical tests to verify the source of the problem. TAUC is equipped with the necessary modalities and testing equipment, including EKGs, X-rays, bloodwork, Ultrasound, and CT scans.
Prevention is the best form of medicine and that applies to chest pain and heart disease as well. Maintain a healthy, nutritious diet focused on vegetables and lean sources of protein. Do not smoke. Treat and monitor your high blood pressure if you have been diagnosed with that condition. Be aware of your family history and exercise regularly.
Dr. Bruckel also noted that chest pain does always signify a heart attack. There are many different causes, including complications in the lungs, GI tract and blood vessels. Total Access Urgent Care helps provide clarity regarding concerning and confusing symptoms. If you are unsure whether your symptoms need to be formally evaluated, simply visit TAUC.
Walk-in anytime to be seen by the doctor on duty, seven days per week from 6am-10pm at the Webster Groves/Rock Hill location and 8am-8pm at the Town and Country, Chesterfield, South County, St. Louis Hills, and St. Charles locations. For more information call 314-656-7899 or visit www.TAUC.com.