Corpus Christi Medical Center is a premier provider of cardiovascular care for chest pain and stroke. Our comprehensive programs provide a range of services including: diagnostic procedures, medical and surgical applications, nursing expertise for recovery and rehab, support for recovering patients. Two of our facilities–Doctors Regional and The Heart Hospital–provide our cardiac and stroke care, with dedicated teams available 24/7.
We are certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, as well as an accredited Chest Pain Center as designated by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. These designations highlight the breadth of our services and dedication to providing unsurpassed cardiac and stroke care, from diagnosis, through treatment and to recovery.
Chest Pain and Stroke Symptoms
Most of our patients who experience chest pain or other symptoms that may be related to a heart attack or stroke come to our hospitals through the emergency room. Knowing the symptoms can get you here faster and make a huge difference in your care and recovery.
Some of the symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Chest pressure or pain
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of fullness
- Pain in arms, neck, shoulder
- Jaw pain
- Cold sweat
Chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but not the only one. The other symptoms listed above may be stronger.
For a stroke, the best way to remember its symptoms is FAST:
F - Face drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
A - Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - 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?
T - Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-11 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms that may be a heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1 for emergency help.
For chest pain, heart attacks and strokes, the sooner medical intervention begins, the better it is. Driving to an ER will help, but calling 9-1-1 brings the care to you. Emergency medical technicians can begin your care in the ambulance, providing medications and sending information to the hospital. In many cases, these patients can be admitted directly to the catheterization lab for treatment.
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