Minutes Matter, Know the sings and symptoms of heart attack and stroke

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About 911 for Heart Attack and Stroke

It is said “time is muscle” when it comes to treating a heart attack and “time is brain” in stroke care. Kadlec Regional Medical Center teams with partner emergency services agencies to provide expedited cardiac and stroke treatment to patients in the region. You have a role in achieving a healthy result. That is should you experience the symptoms of heart attack or stroke, do not delay, call 9-1-1 immediately. Review the symptoms below and educate yourself and your family about this important health information.

Why Kadlec for Heart Attack

Kadlec’s growing open heart surgery and interventional cardiology program serves as a referral center for communities in the Tri-Cities, southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. Kadlec is the first nationally accredited chest pain center in the northwest and the only hospital in the region with the ability to provide emergency treatment for heart attack using balloon angioplasty and stents with open heart surgery.

Heart Attack: Signs and Symptoms

Call 911 immediately if you experience any of these signs

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • Women may also experience - shortness of breath, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, back pain or jaw pain.

Why Kadlec for Stroke

Kadlec’s stroke treatment care brings together fellowship-trained specialists from Kadlec Neuroscience Center, board certified emergency physicians and highly trained paramedics. With time of the essence, there is a coordinated team in place to ensure rapid treatment for patients in the midst of suffering a stroke. Kadlec’s emergency stroke treatment services also includes:

  • Around-the-clock coverage with both neurologists and the region’s only neurosurgeons (15-20% of stroke is hemorrhagic, requiring neurosurgical consult)
  • Full time Intensivists (critical care specialists who work only in the ICU
  • Nationally recognized Intensive Care Unit (Beacon Award for nursing care given to only 10% of hospitals nation wide)
  • Top quality imaging equipment to assist in diagnosis
  • Neuroradiologists (specially-trained radiologists in the treatment of neurological disorders)

Stroke: Signs and Symptoms

FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke

  • Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time to call 911 - If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.




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  • Kennewick Fire and Emergency Services
  • Benton County Emergency Services
  • Franklin County Emergency Services
  • Prosser Fire and Emergency Services
  • Morrow County Emergency Services
  • Umatilla, Adams and Columbia County Emergency Services
  • Morrow County Emergency Services
  • Northwest MedStar Emergency Services


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