The Cardiology Department at Park Plaza
Hospital offers cardiac testing on both
inpatient and an outpatient basis. Outpatient
testing is provided during normal business
hours and is available by appointment.
With your physician's order, the department can
provide you with a variety of testing options for
you and your physicians needs.
This testing includes:
- stress testing
- holter monitoring
- electrocardiographs (EKG)
If you have a question about the services
provided, you can contact the departments
main number at 713-527-5125 or call the
hospital main number at 713-527-5000.
Know The Symptoms of a Heart Attack
It is especially important to be aware of the
symptoms of heart attack or stroke, two
leading causes of death in the United States.
However, just as important as knowing about
the symptoms is acknowledging that you are
"Time is muscle" is a saying that means the
longer you delay seeking treatment for heart
attack symptoms, the more damage your
heart will sustain. The same is true for stroke;
the longer you delay seeking help, the greater
your chance for serious disability or death.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack:
Call 911 if you experience:
· A sensation of pressure or pain in the chest,
either when you are at rest or active
· Pain radiating down an arm (often the left arm)
or to the jaw
· Other symptoms may include sweating,
weakness or shortness of breath
In women, heart attack symptoms sometimes differ from that of men. They may include:
· Sudden weakness
· A slight pressure in the chest, or pressure to the back or stomach
· Shortness of breath
· Heart palpitations
Patients already diagnosed with and receiving
treatment for the heart condition known as
angina pectoris should seek emergency treatment
if they experience a new type of pain, or increased
intensity or frequency of pain.
Heart attacks occur when a clot blocks an
already-narrowed artery in the heart, cutting
off the flow of blood. Fortunately, clot-busting
medications, together with inventions such as
balloon angioplasty and bypass surgery, have
made this condition treatable, as long as treatment
is sought immediately.
Symptoms of a Stroke:
Call 911 if you experience:
· Weakness in your arm, leg or one side of your body
· A decrease in your level of consciousness
· Difficulty speaking
· Dizziness or convulsions
· Sudden vision loss
The cause of a stroke may be a blood clot or a
hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain. Clot-busting
drugs exist for blood clots in the brain, but their
effectiveness in preventing damage depends upon
the speed with which help is sought. Recovery from
a cerebral hemorrhage is directly related to the
length of time blood flow to the affected area of the
brain is deficient or completely blocked.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line for reducing the risk of complications
or death caused by heart attack or stroke is:
Know the Symptoms
Call 911 immediately should you experience any symptoms.