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Most people believe heart disease will affect "someone else." Despite this common belief, heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S and a major cause of disability. Heart disease comes in many forms, most frequently through narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries. These important blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. This condition is known as coronary artery disease and happens gradually over many years. Coronary artery disease is the cause of most heart attacks.
Heart problems may affect the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and lead to heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.
To reduce your risk of heart disease, manage the factors that put you at greater risk:
- Control your blood pressure
- Lower your cholesterol
- Don't smoke
- Get enough exercise
The Deputy Heart Attack Program & Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Education
Dr. Raymond Bahr, Founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, created the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program. It has become a benchmark of community outreach and education for heart disease. Although he was not a cardiologist at the time, Dr. Bahr’s life was forever changed when he did not recognize the signs in a friend who died from a heart attack. From that point on, Dr. Bahr made it his mission to prevent unnecessary deaths by becoming a cardiologist and dedicating his life to educating people on the early symptoms. The Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program is designed to educate the public to the early warning signs of heart attack. Click here to take the short 5-minute EHAC course. Knowing the signs of a heart attack could help save you or a loved one’s life
The Southeast Alabama Medical Center's Call Center offers a Women's Advice Line. Through your touch-tone phone,you can access information and advice on hundreds of topics, medical conditions and diseases.
Can't find exactly what you are looking for or need more information? You can speak directly with a registered nurse who uses a special computerized database to give you fast, reliable healthcare information. When you dial our number, you'll speak directly to a specially-trained registered nurse who will carefully listen to your questions and then help you make an informed decision about what to do. You'll get accurate, confidential information in the privacy of your home.....free of charge.
To reach the Women's Advice Line, call 334-712-3336 or 1-800-735-4998; when the operator begins speaking, press 2 on your phone's key pad.
Adjacent to the Imaging Center's waiting area in the SAMC Women's Center, the Women's Center Library is a patient information and education library with free health information brochures, as well as books and videotapes covering a wide variety of health topics. Many of the center's materials can be checked out for one month free of charge. As an added benefit, the center features a certified breast health coordinator who can instruct patients in proper techniques for performing self-breast exams, answer questions, and help locate any information and services patients may need.