Saint Joseph’s Has You Covered with Matters of the Heart

When to Visit the Emergency RoomWhen it comes to your health, the Emergency Room (ER) can be your lifesaver, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
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Many patients are initially reluctant to seek care through the emergency room, but in many cases, the ER may be the best or only option in an emergency situation.  Fortunately, there’s no need to fret in your decision when you have Saint Joseph’s Hospital on your side.

The emergency department at Saint Joseph’s Hospital is always ready and continuously committed to providing the Atlanta community the finest in critical care – no matter how minor or major, big or small.

The team of highly skilled nurses and physicians at Saint Joseph Hospital has been on the front lines of medical advances in heart care for decades. In fact, 55 years ago, a Saint Joseph’s surgeon, Dr. William Hopkins, performed the first open-heart surgery in Georgia, using a heart-lung pump he personally designed in a laboratory in the basement of the hospital. As Atlanta’s first and oldest hospital, for more than 130 years we’ve earned a reputation in healing hearts, but we’re so much more than that to the Atlanta community.

Below we’ve included a list of key signs for you and/or your loved ones that should prompt a trip to your local emergency room.

If you or someone you know are experiencing the symptoms below, the American Heart Association, recommends you report to an ER immediately :

Chest Pain – an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center or left side of the chest that can be mild or strong. It can last for a few minutes or keep going and coming back. All chest pain should be checked by a doctor.

Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach.

Shortness of breath

Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.

Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), and lack of energy

Women more often experience atypical symptoms, such as:

• Jaw pain

• Nausea

• Headaches

• Shortness of breath and fatigue

Should you ever need us, rest assured we’ll do everything we can to make you healthier and happier. One hundred and thirty years later, our vision and heritage of  serving those in need is one that we proudly continue to this day.


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