Message from CEO Bill Davis About Heart Health

Heart disease and cardiac arrest are the first and third leading causes of death, respectively. Of the 395,000 cases of cardiac arrest that occur each year outside of a hospital, only 6 percent survive.

The effect of poor cardiac health is significant, and that’s why it’s important to do what you can to prevent it. Make changes in your life to be heart healthy, whether it’s becoming more active, losing weight or quitting your tobacco habit!

Knowing what to look for during a cardiac event is just as important as prevention. While cardiac arrest (when the heart experiences an electrical disturbance) typically results in a sudden loss of consciousness, a heart attack (when blood flow to the heart is blocked) presents other symptoms, including:

  • Chest pain
  • Arm, back, jaw or neck discomfort
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or cold sweats

If you experience these symptoms, call 911 immediately so that you can get the best care possible—as soon as possible.

Time is muscle: Fast treatment can help save your life and prevent further damage to your heart. The longer you go without treatment, the less likely you are to survive without disability. 

Do not drive yourself or a loved one to the Emergency Department during a cardiac event, as it may cost you valuable, life-saving time. In addition, first responders know which facility is best prepared to handle your needs.