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Cardiac Care

Tyler Heart Institute

Why choose Tyler Heart Institute?

Tyler Heart Institute is focused on providing high-quality, results-driven cardiac care with outstanding service. Your experience should feel seamless - from diagnosis through recovery.

Tyler Heart Institute has a highly experienced and committed team of doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as state-of-the-art equipment. Whether you are simply trying to improve your heart health, are looking for information on a heart condition, or need diagnosis or treatment, Tyler Heart Institute can help.

Learn more about Tyler Heart Institute.

Find out more about our quality results for interventional cardiology and open-heart surgery.

Heart attack symptoms

According to the American Heart Association, common heart attack symptoms may include:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Atypical symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

Women may be less likely than men to experience chest pressure during a heart attack. They may be more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, dizziness, and pressure in the upper abdomen and back.

What should I do if I think I’m having a heart attack?

  • Call 911. Even if you aren’t sure that you’re having a full-blown heart attack, your symptoms need to be evaluated immediately to prevent damage to your heart. Let a 911 dispatcher send an ambulance to pick you up; don’t drive yourself to a hospital.
  • Take an aspirin. If you are not allergic to aspirin, while you wait for the ambulance to arrive you can place a regular-strength aspirin on your tongue and allow it to dissolve to prevent blood from clotting.

How to make an appointment

To see a doctor at the Tyler Heart Institute, you will first need to be referred by a cardiac specialist.

Visit your family doctor, who can refer you to a cardiologist if needed.

Our cardiologists

Every beat counts

Dr. Richard Gray

Read a special message from Richard J. Gray, M.D., our Medical Director.