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The Cardiology Department at Park Plaza
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:

  • echocardiology
  • 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

experiencing them.


"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

·       Sweating

·       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

·     Disorientation

·     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.


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