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Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but cardiovascular care doesn’t have to begin with a diagnosed heart condition. Prevention is your best tool for a healthy heart and vascular system. Palos Community Hospital’s community education programs, events and screenings help you learn about your risk factors for heart disease and recommend steps you can take to improve your cardiac health.

In an Emergency

If you think you or a loved one is experiencing a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately to save heart muscle and possibly a life.

Reduce the Risk of Permanent Damage to your Heart and Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, heaviness or pain in the center of the chest. It lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness or sudden weakness.
  • As with men, the most common heart attack symptom of women is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other common symptoms – shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait! Call 9-1-1.

Education for Your Heart

Take advantage of Palos’ ongoing educational events and special programs to promote heart health in your community. Visit our classes and events calendar to find the latest heart health events, times and locations.

Talk to Your Doctor

Visit with your doctor about creating a treatment plan, this may include both medications and lifestyle changes. Set goals for reducing your risk of heart disease and work with your health care team to achieve them.