February is American Heart Month. MetroWest Medical Center is encouraging greater MetroWest Region residents to make heart health a priority. Heart Month represents a great time to make sure you are up to date on your health screenings. Screenings and check-ups that are often covered by insurance can alert you to health conditions that need addressing sooner rather than later. From knowing your numbers for heart health to a mammogram or colonoscopy, early detection may prevent complications down the road.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in America. Approximately 805,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. One of the most common symptoms of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms can include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness, and fainting. There are ways we can reduce or eliminate our risk of developing heart disease, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet.
The experienced team at MetroWest Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive cardiac care close to home. If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition and visit our hospital for cardiac care, our dedicated teams of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, techs, respiratory therapists, and support staff are prepared to take care of you. With a range of cardiac services including cardiac surgery, electrophysiology and cardiac rehab, patients who visit MetroWest Medical Center can rest assured their heart is in the right place.
For more information about cardiovascular services offered at MetroWest Medical Center, visit www.mwmc.com/heart. Also, sign up for handy heart-smart information for a chance to win a smart tablet and download a heart-healthy snack booklet! To take a free online heart health assessment, visit https://www.mwmc.com/health-assessments/heart-assessment.
About MetroWest Medical Center
MetroWest Medical Center is a teaching community health care system serving the greater MetroWest region of Massachusetts. For more than 125 years, it provides services in three locations: Framingham Union Hospital, a full-service acute care hospital in Framingham; Leonard Morse Hospital, a behavioral health facility in Natick; and MetroWest Wellness Center, an outpatient care center of MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. MetroWest Medical Center is committed to meeting the health care needs of the area residents by providing advanced medicine and personalized care, right in the local community. In 2023, Healthgrades® named MetroWest Medical Center one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award™ which puts MetroWest Medical Center in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for Coronary Intervention. To learn more, visit www.mwmc.com.