Early Cardiac Care Giver
Heart Attack Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life
You may be having a heart attack if you experience these symptoms:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, back, arms, neck or jaw
- Chest discomfort with dizziness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
- Unusual indigestion
If you experience any of these warning signs and they last longer than two minutes:
- Call the emergency rescue service (911), or
- Go to the nearest hospital emergency department. Mercy Health Partners' Emergency Department is located at US 31 and Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon, Michigan
Your Role as an Early Cardiac Care Giver
It is easy to deny the seriousness of the early warning signs of a heart attack. Delay could lead to permanent heart damage or death. Proper training as an Early Cardiac Care Giver can save lives.
Participants in the Early Cardiac Care Giver Program Learn:
- How to recognize early warning signs of a heart attack
- How to respond appropriately to these signs
- Strategies to get someone to the emergency department if they are denying their warning signs
Learn About Early Cardiac Care
The Mercy Health system offers its Early Cardiac Care Giver training in a variety of settings. Trained instructors offer the program throughout the community at convenient locations.
Some of the training locations include:
- Service community organizations
- Churches, synagogues, and other religious organizations
- Business wellness clinics
- Health care organizations and cardiac rehabilitation programs
- Sporting and recreational events
- Retirement community centers
For more information about the Mercy Health Muskegon Early Cardiac Care Giver program call 231-672-3864.
The Benefits of Early Cardiac Care
Each year approximately 600,000 Americans die from heart attacks, making heart attacks the number one killer in our nation. The death rate from cardiovascular diseases in Muskegon is significantly greater than the national average.
Many of these deaths could be prevented. According to the American Heart Association, about 60% of the heart attack deaths occur before the victim reaches a hospital. Treatments are most effective if people receive them during the first few hours of a heart attack.
Early recognition of heart attack warning signs, followed by early action to seek treatment, will help reduce the number of preventable heart attack deaths.
Mercy Health Muskegon provides the Early Cardiac Care Giver program to help people recognize the early warning signs of a heart attack and respond more quickly. Those trained in this program can identify signs in themselves and others, friends, loved ones or co-workers. They also learn how to help others seek prompt medical attention.
Mercy Health Muskegon has developed a complete chest pain service to provide a full-service approach to cardiac care in the emergency room, Through diagnostic testing, treatment and patient education, heart attack victims can receive the highest quality care.