Listen to your heart

Keep your heart healthy!Protect yourself and those you love by becoming familiar with techniques to detect and react to a heart attack.

“The most common signs you may be experiencing a heart attack are pain, discomfort and pressure in your chest,” says Michael Komada, MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist at Durham Regional Hospital. “You may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, a sense of clamminess or jaw discomfort.”

In addition to the classic symptoms, there are other, less common signs that may indicate you are experiencing a cardiac issue, such as feelings of indigestion, fatigue or muscle strain.

“Anybody who develops new symptoms of indigestion or muscle strain in the chest region should have it checked out to make sure it’s not an indication of heart disease,” Dr. Komada says.

What to Do When You Expect the Worst

“If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, the smartest move is to call 911,” says Dr. Komada. “Taking an aspirin is usually a good idea, but the sooner you connect with emergency medical technicians [EMT] by calling 911 the faster the award-winning cardiac care team at Durham Regional can begin coordinating your treatment and recovery.”

Recent advancements in emergency response technology allow some rescue squads to conduct electrocardiograms on the spot, and early coordination allows admitted patients with blockages to be treated more efficiently. At Durham Regional, cardiac care is highly orchestrated from the moment the EMTs reach you until the day you go home.

To learn more about cardiac care services offered at Durham Regional, visit


Don’t be a bystander when minutes count!

Saturday, February 9 at 10 am
First Level Classroom at Durham Regional Hospital
Join us for bystander CPR training as well as a panel discussion on heart attack and stroke, warning signs, symptoms and prevention tips. The panel will include Eric Moore, MD, cardiologist with Triangle Heart Associates; Michael Komada, MD, interventional cardiologist with Triangle Heart Associates and Nada El Husseini, MD, Duke neurologist.

To register, visit or call 919-403-4DRH.

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