Heart & Vascular Care
Every 34 Seconds, Someone in the United States Has a Heart Attack. Survive, Don't Drive. Call 911.
People living in Southern states like Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi show higher than average rates of cardiovascular problems. Having a heart attack or stroke symptoms? Call 911.
Located in the heart of the South, Baptist Memorial Health Care understands the importance of high-quality heart and vascular services for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. That’s why the centerpiece of the Baptist system is the Baptist Heart Institute. The best part about this facility is the convenience – it combines all cardiovascular services in one facility to support high-quality care, research, education and data management.
Early Symptoms Of A Heart Attack
- Chest pressure - squeezing or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain that travels down one arm or both
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Feeling of fullness
Heart & Vascular Conditions We Treat
- Aneurysm: a bulging or a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel
- Angina: chest pain that can extend to the left arm, shoulder or jaw
- Arrhythmias: irregular heartbeat (too fast or slow, skipping beats), including atrial fibrillation
- Cardiomyopathy: diseases in coronary muscle tissue, including an enlarged heart
- Coronary heart disease: coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease and carotid artery disease
- Heart attack: (myocardial infarction), an interruption of the blood supply to the heart’s muscle tissue
- Heart failure: weakened or damaged heart muscle causing the heart to work too hard to keep up with the body’s blood demands
- Peripheral artery and peripheral vascular disease: Narrowing of arteries that reduce blood flow to your limbs
- Stroke: a blocked blood vessel depriving areas of the brain of oxygen; including ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). Since this problem ends up affecting the brain, neurologists may collaborate with the heart specialist for stroke cases
- Valvular heart disease: heart valve damage caused by rheumatic fever, infections, connective tissue disorders, radiation treatments or medications
Heart Attack Resources
- Hands-Only CPR from Red Cross
- CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care training from American Heart Association
- Early Heart Attack Care Advocacy and Education from American College of Cardiology
Heart Healthy Resources
At Baptist, part of our mission is to provide timely, useful information to help you and your loved ones enjoy lifelong heart health. We make available a number of resources, including printable flyers and educational materials, for you to use and share.
Baptist Heart Fund
The Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation's Heart Fund provides financial support for initiatives that benefit heart patients and their care. Donations are earmarked for research, equipment, staff education and other patient-related needs. So far, the fund has provided thousands of dollars for equipment for heart patients, including the HeartMate® left ventricular assist devices that keep heart transplant patients alive while awaiting donor hearts.
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