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Patient Information and Education

Having a heart condition can feel overwhelming. In addition to the support of your medical team, we provide educational resources to help answer your questions, support your recovery and improve your quality of life.

Learn more about:

The Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center

The Joe R. Utley Heart Resource Center offers individual and group education on heart disease prevention and management. Learn more about the Resource Center.

Early Heart Attack Care

To empower and educate our community about heart attacks, we support a national program called Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC). As a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, we have partnered with the American College of Cardiology to support this program. Learn more about early heart attack care.

Hands-only CPR

As many as 90 percent of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital may not survive, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Those are some shocking statistics. Thankfully, giving or receiving hands-only CPR before emergency medical services (EMS) arrives can double or triple a person’s chance of survival during cardiac arrest.

If you see a teenager or adult collapse and suspect they may be experiencing cardiac arrest:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Push hard and fast on the middle of their chest approximately 100 to 120 times per minute until EMS arrives.
  • Perform compressions to the beat of a fast-paced song. The AHA suggests “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, or “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z.

For infants, children, and victims of drowning, drug overdose, or people who collapse due to breathing problems, the AHA recommends using CPR with chest compressions and breaths.

Watch this 45-second video to learn how to perform lifesaving hands-only CPR.

Heart-Healthy Diet

A major part of recovery and prevention of a heart-related illness is eating foods that support heart health and minimize risk factors.

Top tips for a heart-healthy diet

Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Modifications

Reduce your heart disease risk with the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7”:

  1. Decrease your blood sugar levels
  2. Eat a heart-healthy diet
  3. Get regular exercise and stay active throughout the day
  4. Keep high cholesterol under control
  5. Maintain a healthy weight or lose weight if you are overweight
  6. Manage high blood pressure
  7. Quit smoking

For Your Heart Health, Know Your Numbers

When it comes to your health, you might be surprised by the six numbers that really count. They’re listed below as general guidelines. Talk to your physician today to schedule an annual physical and learn more about what your numbers should be:

  • Total cholesterol: Less than 200
  • Triglycerides: Less than 150
  • Blood Pressure: Less than 120/80
  • Fasting glucose: Less than 100
  • Body mass index (BMI): Less than 25
  • Waist circumference: Less than 40" (men) less than 35" (women)

Need a physician? Check out our directory or speak to regional nurse on call today: 864-591-7999.

Tobacco Cessation

If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your heart and health. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation help or call the South Carolina Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Need a physician? Check out our directory or speak to regional nurse on call today at 864-591-7999.

Women and Heart Disease

Women may have different heart attack symptoms than men. In fact, some women do not have any of the “classic” heart attack warning signs, like chest or arm pain.

Heart attack symptoms in women can include:

  • Back pain
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Jaw pain
  • Extreme or unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Trust your gut: If something does not feel right, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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