Emergency Cardiac Services for the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Area
Experiencing Chest Pain? We Are Trained to Handle Heart Attacks & More
Fewer things in life are scarier than a heart attack or stroke. They may happen to anyone at any age at any time. If you have a family history, high cholesterol or blood pressure, you’re a chronic smoker, or you’re obese, you may be at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke.
The doctors and nurses at Surepoint Emergency Center are equipped to handle heart attacks of any magnitude as well as major and minor strokes.
From Hypertension to Strokes, We Provide Immediate Care
If you suspect that you’ve suffered from a heart attack or stroke, lab testing may be required to confirm this. Whatever immediate cardiac services you need in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you’ve come to the right place at Surepoint Emergency Centers. We have emergency trained physicians and ER staff available for rapid diagnosis and treatment, as well as access to in-house lab testing for blood draws, cardiac enzyme counts, and more. When it comes to cardiac care, your chances for survival increase the sooner you seek treatment. Our cardiac services include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Chest pain/cardiac discomfort
- Heart attacks
- Congestive heart failure
- High blood pressure
Warning Signs You May Be Having a Heart Attack
When the blood flow to your heart is restricted because of a blockage of fat, cholesterol, or plaque buildup in your arteries, it can lead to a heart attack. Because heart attacks can be debilitating or even fatal, here are some warning signs that you may be having a heart attack and should seek immediate treatment:
- A pressure or tightness in your chest or arms that spreads to your neck, jaw, or back (angina)
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
- Heartburn/indigestion and nausea
- Cold sweats
It should be noted that not all patients who have a heart attack experience all of these symptoms, and they can vary greatly in their severity. Some may not experience any warning symptoms at all, while others may experience only minor symptoms that they may dismiss. A heart attack can strike without any warning at all, or you may experience recurrent symptoms for hours, days, or even weeks in advance. Generally speaking, the more warning symptoms you experience, the higher the risk you may be at for having a heart attack. If you suspect you may be suffering from a heart attack, you should act immediately. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your heart.
Common Signs You May Be Having a Stroke
It’s estimated that as many as 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year. When a person has a stroke, it means their brain isn’t getting the blood and oxygen it needs to function correctly. This could be caused by a burst blood vessel or by plaque buildup in your arteries, resulting in a blockage or the formation of blood clots. A stroke may result in brain damage, disability, or even death. Here are some common signs you may be having a stroke and should seek immediate treatment:
- Numbness/weakness in your face, arms, or legs (may be one-sided but not necessarily)
- Difficulty speaking (slurred speech) or understanding others
- Confusion, dizziness, or uncoordinated movements
- Sudden, severe headache/possible loss of consciousness
- Trouble focusing with one or both eyes/sudden vision loss
- Inability to walk or a lost sense of balance
- Drooping face or arms
- Difficulty swallowing or eating/drinking
It should be noted that not all patients having a stroke experience all of these symptoms, and they may vary greatly in their severity. Some stroke symptoms may gradually increase over the course of minutes or hours, while some may come all at once. It’s possible to suffer from a minor stroke and not even be aware of it. Time is of the essence when treating a stroke victim. Act immediately!
Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs: See Us Today
Whether you’re experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, don’t gamble with your life. Surepoint Emergency Centers have several 24-hour emergency medical care clinics located throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Azle, Chisholm Trail, Denton, Midtown (Corpus Christi), Padre, Pantego, Stephenville, and Weatherford. If you’re unable to get here in an emergency, we can also send an ambulance to you. Should you require surgery or extended care, we coordinate with many local hospitals to admit our patients with no wait time. Come in or contact us today – your life or that of a loved one may depend upon it!