Healthy Beginnings

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

Did you know that more than 800,000 people died last year from cardiovascular disease as the underlying cause, according to the most recent Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, published by the American Heart Association?

Experts in health epidemiology from the American Heart Association agree, these statistics are too high. It’s important for the public to understand prevention measures and to recognize the signs and symptoms of a possible heart condition.

Signs & Symptoms of a Possible Heart Attack:

  • Chest discomfort – uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness
  • Pain – arms, back, chest, jaw, neck, shoulders, stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea/cold sweat/vomiting
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness/fainting

Symptoms may vary between men and women and among individuals, and sometimes they may come and go. Any of these symptoms should be taken seriously.

When Minutes Matter: You Can Count on Us

Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) is accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The goal of accreditation is for hospitals to deliver expedited quality care. And when it comes to your heart, it is important to get to the hospital fast to avoid further damage.

If you experience any of the signs and symptoms of a possible heart attack, call 911. Ambulance emergency medical personnel (EMS) are trained and equipped to

begin treating you as you are transported to the hospital. EMS personnel will also alert the hospital that you are on your way. Hospital staff will be ready to treat you as soon as you arrive.

Preventing Problems with Your Heart

Approximately 80 percent of heart disease events may be avoided by lifestyle changes and education, according to the American Heart Association.

Work in partnership with your physician to:

  • Manage your blood sugar
  • Get your blood pressure under control
  • Lower your cholesterol if it’s too high
  • Learn what your family’s medical history may mean for your heart health

Keep Your Heart Beating Strong:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy
  • Speak to a nutritionist about “heart healthy” recipes
  • Don’t smoke
  • Lose weight, if recommended by your physician

The Heart & Vascular Institute at NNMC provides comprehensive cardiology diagnostic and treatment interventions, including:

  • Echocardiograms
  • Electrocardiograms (ECG/EKG)
  • Nuclear Scan
  • Pacemakers
  • Stress Tests
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Intervention
  • Electrophysiology Studies

Physician Profile

Thomas Truong, DO, is a member of Northern Nevada Medical Group. He specializes in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular medicine. His board certifications include cardiology, interventional cardiology and internal medicine. He is accepting new patients.

Northern Nevada Medical Group has cardiology clinic locations in Sparks, Reno, Winnemucca and Fallon. For an outpatient appointment with
Dr. Truong or at any of these locations, call 775-356-4514 or toll free 855-290-8783. For more information, visit

Disclaimer: Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Northern Nevada Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.