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Heart Attack – Time Is of the Essence

Time is critical for anyone experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack. Waiting too long before going to the emergency department may increase the amount of heart damage. Seeking immediate treatment can make a significant difference in the equality of life after recovery. It is important to call 911 if you are experiencing heart attack symptoms.

The stereotype is that heart disease is a man’s problem, but heart disease is also a devastating health problem for women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. However, the symptoms of heart attack may be different. According to Dr. Pranav Kachhi, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Temecula Valley Hospital, “Both women and men may have chest pain or pressure and shortness of breath, but women are also more likely than men to experience lesser known symptoms, such as a burning sensation in the upper abdomen, nausea or weakness, fatigue and sweating.”

Advanced emergency medicine from an interventional specialty team is important to the treatment in the event of a heart episode. Depending on the type of and severity of the heart attack, the cardiac team at Temecula Valley Hospital takes patients from the Emergency Department directly to a catherization lab to administer treatments to clear blocked arteries and restore blood and oxygen flow to damaged heart tissue.

The new Temecula Valley Hospital located at 31700 Temecula Parkway, opened October 14 and brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents. As the region’s newest acute care facility, the hospital features 140 private patient rooms, 24 hour-aday emergency care, advanced cardiac and stroke care, orthopedics and general medical care and surgical specialties.