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Symptoms of a Heart Attack


Mark Starling, MD is the Chief Medical Officer and practices at Banner Heart Hospital.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Symptoms of Heart Attack - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask The Expert
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Image: Mark Starling, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Text: Mark Starling, MD - CMO
Banner Heart Hospital

Audio:  “I’m Dr. Mark Starling. I’m the chief medical officer at Banner Heart Hospital.”

Text: Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Audio:  “And what we’d like to do here for the next few minutes is talk about symptoms of a heart attack.”

Text: What is a Heart Attack

Audio:  “First of all, what is a heart attack?”

Text: Occlusion or Blockage

Audio:  “A heart attack is caused by occlusion, a blockage, of one of the arteries that feed blood to the heart muscle. And  the heart muscle becomes, what we call in medical terms, ischemic.”

Text: Men may experience:
*chest pain
*shortness of breath

Audio:  “People develop different kinds of symptoms with this. Men typically have substernal chest pain, occasionally with some shortness of breath associated with it, and this chest pain can radiate up into the neck, into the arm or even into the jaw.  When you have radiation up into the neck or the jaw, that you should presume is really reflecting referred pain from the heart, and you should call 911 immediately.”

Text: Women may experience:
*tightness in chest

Audio:  “In contrast, women don’t have, at all times, typical symptoms. They may have fatigue, tiredness, aching, tightness in their chests with or without radiation. In which case, if you have risk factors and you have these kinds of symptoms…”

Text: *diabetes
*high cholesterol
*family history
* high blood pressure

Audio:  “…risk factors being diabetes, high cholesterol, family histories, patients who have high blood pressure…”

Image: Attending EMT team with male experiencing heart attack. 

Audio:  “…so if you’re having these kinds of symptoms and you have risk factors for heart disease, you should suspect that you may be having a heart problem -- in which case, you should call 911 so they can get you to an appropriate facility to get appropriate care as quickly as possible.”

Text:     For more health information from Banner Health experts
Please visit or call Banner Health’s Physician Referral & Resource Line at (602) 230-2273 (CARE)

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