Accredited Chest Pain Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls was the first hospital in the region to be designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the ACC Accreditation Services. In addition, we have accredited programs for atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Our expert cardiac team quickly identifies heart attack symptoms and begins the appropriate treatment.
If you have heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately. Fast treatment is essential for your recovery. Be prepared to share your name, call-back number and the address of the medical emergency.
Common heart attack signs
Heart attack and heart disease are the leading causes of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Heart attack warning signs may show up individually or in any combination. Signs of a heart attack include:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the chest that often extends up into the throat and lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
- Becoming fatigued quicker than normal
Heart attack symptoms in women
Heart attack symptoms in women may differ from heart attack symptoms in men. Warning signs for women include:
- Back pain right between your shoulder blades
- Atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain (Some people will experience right-side chest pain or have pain only in a shoulder or arm.)
- Nausea or dizziness (without chest pain)
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing (with or without chest pain)
- Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
- Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
Signs of heart failure
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, means that the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood effectively. People often ignore heart failure symptoms or confuse them for another medical condition.
If you experience any of the following heart failure signs, you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Shortness of breath upon exertion
- Waking up breathless
- Trouble breathing when lying down or going to sleep
- Swelling in the feet, ankles or fingers
- Chest pain
- Confusion or impaired thinking
- Palpitations in your heart
- Decreased appetite or bloating in the belly
- A three or more pound weight gain in 24 hours or a pound a day for three days
Are you at risk for heart disease?
Take an assessment to learn if you are at risk for heart disease. An Eastern Idaho Regional team member will contact you after the assessment to discuss your risk.