FORT WAYNE – Lutheran Health Network is urging the local community to seek emergency care when it is needed – without delay.
If you experience a medical emergency, such as chest pain that may be a heart attack or stroke symptoms, receiving care in a timely manner will support the best possible outcome. LHN is taking extra precautions in response to COVID-19 by going above and beyond normal efforts to keep our facilities clean and safe for our patients and caregivers, according to a news release from the medical group.
The latest campaign by the American Heart Association (AHA) – Be Certain In Uncertain Times – reinforces the critical need to secure treatment as soon as possible. The AHA is working to remind everyone that heart attacks, strokes, and cardiac arrests don’t stop for COVID-19.
“Seeking immediate care at the local hospital or with a health care provider if it is needed is so incredibly important,” said Vishal Bhatia, MD, Regional Chief Medical Officer. “If one is having a medical emergency or is in need of emergent care which can prevent additional harm or relieve pain, there is no reason to delay.”
Heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest symptoms are always urgent and it is highly recommended to call 911 without hesitation. Emergency workers know how to protect and care for patients exhibiting these symptoms. Emergencies will not stop for COVID-19.
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Receiving urgent medical treatment could be the difference between life and death. LHN urges the community to pay close attention to the signs of a health emergency and act quickly. Call 911, go to the hospital and get the help you need.
Know the signs and symptoms:
• Chest discomfort.
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body.
• Shortness of breath.
• Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
• Signs for women
• Women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain. Some women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Remember to act F.A.S.T. for Stroke
• Face drooping; Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
• Arm weakness; Is one arm weak or numb?
• Speech difficulty; Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand?
• If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.
• Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly.
• Within seconds a person becomes unresponsive, is not breathing or is only gasping.
• Survival depends on getting immediate CPR.