Cardiac imaging includes several ways to take pictures of your heart and other anatomy. A cardiologist may request imaging for various reasons, including diagnosing heart conditions, determining if a heart attack occurred, and monitoring treatments. At St. Luke's Health, our goal is to bring Houston and East Texas communities state-of-the-art imaging services, ensuring you get the care you need.
Our imaging technologists are specially trained in cardiovascular imaging, registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and licensed with the Texas Department of Health (TDH).
If you are having a heart attack, which happens when parts of the heart do not receive enough blood flow, you may notice some of the following symptoms:
Chest pain. Pain in the center or left side of the chest is one of the most common signs of a heart attack. You may feel a tightness, fullness, or squeezing sensation that can last for several minutes.
Discomfort in the upper body. This can include pain in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, back, and stomach.
Shortness of breath. While this symptom usually accompanies chest pain, it can occur before the discomfort starts.
Lightheadedness. In combination with other symptoms, feeling as though you are about to pass out is a common indicator of a heart attack.
Heart palpitations. You may begin to feel irregular or skipping heartbeats.
If you see somebody having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Have them chew and swallow an aspirin, which helps prevent blood clots if they are conscious. If they lose consciousness, administer CPR or follow the instructions on an automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is immediately available.
Caring for your heart health is the best and easiest way to prevent heart disease. Eating a heart-healthy diet, staying active, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding stress can keep your heart strong.
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