Heart attack care in Brandon, Florida

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate attention. The more time that passes without medical intervention, the more damage occurs to the heart muscle.

At Brandon Regional Hospital, our emergency physicians provide expert, fast heart attack treatment. Our team works promptly to diagnose your symptoms and provide the treatment you need to restore proper blood flow to the heart.

If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

Delaying treatment for a heart attack can be very dangerous, and people should seek emergency care at the nearest ER at the onset of symptoms. People often delay seeking care because:

  • They don't recognize the symptoms of a heart attack.
  • They are unwilling or afraid to admit that their symptoms may be serious.
  • They are embarrassed about "causing a scene" or finding out it was a false alarm.
  • They don't understand the importance of immediate medical intervention.

Life-saving heart attack care

At Brandon Regional Hospital, we know the importance of education on early heart attack care. The majority of damage caused by a heart attack occurs within the first two hours of symptom onset, so seeking immediate care is crucial.

Our cardiology program is designed to expedite initial treatment and offer continued follow-up care after a heart event.

Heart attack symptoms

It is vital to be aware of all types of potential heart attack symptoms. Heart attack symptoms typically appear within 24 hours of a heart event, but can begin up to three weeks prior to a heart attack.

Being able to identify the symptoms of a heart attack could save your life or the life of someone you love. Classic heart attack symptoms include:

  • Burning or aching in the chest
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling of doom
  • Nausea or indigestion
  • Pain in the neck, back or jaw
  • Pressure or fullness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Weakness or fatigue

Female heart attack symptoms

Chest-related heart attack signs often appear in men, and women experience them too. However, many women do not have chest pain when experiencing a heart attack, which is why it is important to recognize alternate heart attack symptoms in women. Women more commonly experience symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Pressure in the lower chest
  • Upper abdominal pressure
  • Back pain

Heart attack treatment

When arriving at our ER, you will quickly be evaluated and receive diagnostic testing to confirm a heart attack diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we are able to restore blood flow to the heart. This is done by removing a blockage in an artery through a balloon angioplasty or stenting and administration of thrombolytic—clot-busting—medications.

For questions about heart attack treatment at our hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

In a balloon angioplasty, a catheter is used to navigate a balloon-like device to the heart where it is inflated to open up an artery that is clogged by plaque. Sometimes, balloon angioplasty may be used in combination with stenting, which uses a medical device, called a stent, to prop open the artery and prevent it from closing.

We also provide high-level care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks, which are diagnosed when an artery supplying the heart is completely blocked. Not every heart attack is classified as a STEMI because they can still occur when an artery supplying the heart is only partially blocked or temporarily blocked.

Our treatment time for STEMI heart attacks is below the national average, meaning we provide life-saving intervention faster, when every second counts.

Following a heart attack, we are here to offer the continued care you need to restore your heart health through cardiac rehabilitation.

Heart attack risk factors

There are a number of factors that can contribute to your risk for a heart attack, such as:

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Stress

The more risk factors that apply to you, the greater your chance of experiencing a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and any proactive steps you can take to help prevent a heart attack.