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Resources to Help You Keep Your Heart Healthy

We can do many things to improve our health, and the health of our hearts, with lifestyle changes like eating healthy foods, exercising and quitting tobacco. We offer this heart health information to help you as you care for your heart.

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Hearts & Health

Read about the experiences of patients, services available, classes, resources and more in Hearts & Health, a publication of Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute.                                                                                                     

Health Tips & Helpful Links

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are intense and very obvious, but most heart attacks are not so obvious. Many heart attacks begin with only mild pain or discomfort.

It is important to recognize these signs and act quickly. Call your doctor if they happen with activity and get better with rest.

  • Chest discomfort (pain, squeezing, pressure) that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and then comes back
  • Pain or discomfort in upper body (neck, arms, jaw, back, even stomach)
  • Shortness of breath with activity
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea

Be Tobacco-Free
Within 20 minutes of not using tobacco, your blood pressure is close to normal. Within 24 hours, your chance of a heart attack decreases and within one year, your heart attack rate drops in half. Samaritan Health Services offers classes and support groups to help. Please call one of these resources for more information:

Heart Health
CardioSmart
American Heart Association
Go Red for Women

General Health
WebMD
Health Finder

Health Insurance
Samaritan Health Plans
eHealthInsurance

Nutrition & Supplements
USDA Nutrition Education
Office of Dietary Supplements

Pharmacy 
Samaritan Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy Checker

Smoking
CDC – Tobacco information and smoking cessation
Smoking cessation

Travel
Samaritan International Travel Clinic
CDC - Travelers’ health

Women & Heart Disease
The Heart Truth®
WomenHeart

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute does not endorse the efficacy or accuracy of the information contained in the referenced third-party websites. Independent and specific medical advice concerning your medical condition should be sought before making exercise, dietary, pharmaceutical or lifestyle changes.

Support Groups

Healthy heart classes and support groups are offered by Samaritan Health Services, with education and emotional support for people who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery. Everyone who would like to learn more about heart disease is welcome.

For more information, please call one of the following locations: