Our Emergency Department reopened June 27 with a renovated entrance, waiting area, and triage space. In addition to cosmetic upgrades, we have increased security in and around the Emergency Department to make sure our patients and their loved ones are safe when visiting Durham Regional.
Joanne Carey, MHA, RN, RHIA
Cardiovascular Registries Coordinator
This week long-time game show host, Alex Trebek, found his heart health in jeopardy. Trebek is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after a heart attack, but what is a heart attack?
A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction or MI, occurs when oxygen-rich blood that normally circulates with each heartbeat is blocked from reaching all parts of the heart muscle. The “attack” is acute pain caused by a blood clot or fatty deposits building over time and blocking blood flow. The pain is sometimes described as an elephant on the chest, though it may be more subtle, such as shoulder or neck pain that radiates down the arms.
- Chest discomfort, such as a pressure sensation, squeezing, fullness or pain
- Shortness of breath
- A cold sweat
What can you do if you think you or someone you love is having a heart attack? Call 911 immediately so your local emergency medical services team (EMS) can transport you to a hospital like Durham Regional with a 24/7 Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
Note: Not all chest pain is a heart attack, but it is important to be mindful of changes to your health and seek assistance.
To learn more about our heart services, visit durhamregional.org/heart.
Today marks the beginning of an exciting new adventure for Durham Regional and the community.
In the coming weeks, we will officially launch this blog. As we share the insights of our bloggers, we hope to not only showcase our caring, experienced clinical staff but, more importantly, we hope to engage our friends and neighbors in a conversation about their health.
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To learn more about Durham Regional Hospital, visit our website.