Dr. Matt Weiss, a cardiologist at Missoula’s Community Medical Center, advises people to be mindful of their heart health while on vacation, especially with the stress of the season and sudden temperature changes over the past week.
Watch out for signs of heart attack or stroke
“It’s an important time to be aware of how you’re feeling, what your body is telling you, and to think about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke,” Dr. Weiss began. “It’s pain, pressure, heaviness, stiffness, nausea, and pain that radiates to your arms and jaw. But remember that everyone experiences things differently.”
Dr. Weiss also provided some warning signs about possible stroke.
“A stroke is probably easier to spot if people are gibberish or have trouble articulating words as if their tongue is swollen,” he said. It could be something like garbled words, a sagging face, weakness in one arm versus the other – these are signs of a stroke, a life-threatening condition of course, and time is of the essence. So I want to get help right away, and often my family helps me evaluate things like that.”
Seek help now because it’s better to be safe than sorry
Dr. Weiss offered some general advice for those who may be worried about themselves or their loved ones.
“Stress, whether it’s physical or psychological, contributes to the risk of heart attack and stroke.” So these are the times when you need a little attention, but I think the most important thing is awareness, right? If so, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so get help.”
A community that improves cath labs
Dr. Weiss also wanted KGVO listeners and website readers to know about the improvements being made to help heart attack and stroke victims, especially for those living in the Bitterroot region. rice field.
“We’re just off Highway 93 on the south side of town, and it’s the closest hospital possible with this kind of capability to set up a cath lab for a case like this,” he said. rice field. “So call 911 and get an ambulance sooner or later to a place that can handle these high-risk situations. We’re in the process of spending over a million dollars to make this thing, and that’s what it’s for, right? We’re trying to improve treatment here in Missoula.
The Community Medical Center is located at 2827 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula.
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