Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne offers diagnostic testing and other cardiovascular services to evaluate diseases and abnormalities of the heart and lungs. Sonographers within the hospital are certified to administer cardiovascular testing to provide better quality of care to the community.
Cardiovascular services include:
- Arterial dopplers
- Carotid dopplers
- Electrocardiograms (EKGs)
- Electroencephalograms (EEGs)
- Exercise Stress Test
- Nuclear Stress Testing
- Pharmaceutical and exercise stress testing
- Polysomnograms (sleep studies)
- Segmental pressures
- Transesophogeal echocardiograms
- Venous dopplers
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Heart attacks can either be sudden and intense or can begin very mildly. According to the American Heart Association, there are a few warning signs that mean a heart attack is happening:
- Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that can repeatedly return. It often feels like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath: May occur without chest discomfort
- Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these warning signs, call 911 or get to a hospital right away. If you are unable to contact emergency medical systems (EMS), do not drive yourself to the hospital unless there is no other option.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of rescue breathing techniques and chest compressions delivered to victims thought to be in cardiac arrest. CPR can support a small amount of blood flow to the heart and brain until normal heart function is restored.
The American Heart Association provides simplified guidelines to improve the victim's chances of recovery. The new guidelines recommend the following:
- Rescuers should call 911 for unresponsive adults before beginning CPR.
- Exceptions: Provide CPR first for adult victims of submersion, trauma and drug intoxication.
- Rescuers should provide about one minute of CPR for infants and children up to the age of 8 before calling 911.
- Pre-hospital basic life support (BLS) providers should identify possible stroke victims and provide rapid transport and pre-arrival notification to the receiving hospital.
- Lay rescuers will no longer be taught to pulse check. The signal for lay rescuers to begin chest compressions is the absence of signs of circulation (normal breathing, coughing or movement) in response to the two rescue breaths.
- The compression rate for adult CPR is increased to about 100 beats per minute.
- The compression-to-ventilation ratio for CPR for victims age 8 or older is 15 compressions to two breaths for one to two rescuers.
- Chest-compression-only: CPR is recommended ONLY when the rescuer is unwilling or unable to perform mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.
More information is available from the American Heart Association