Heart Month

February is American Heart Month

If you think you or someone you know is suffering a heart attack
please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. If you smoke, are overweight, have diabetes or high blood pressure, you could be at risk for heart failure. Recognizing the signs of a heart attack can help you prevent serious damage and even save your life. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Clammy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Crushing pain in the center of the chest
  • A feeling of dread or anxiety
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Jaw, shoulder, or neck pain
  • Pain radiating down either arm.

Baptist Memorial Health Care is known for providing top-notch heart care. The centerpiece of heart care within the Baptist system, the Baptist Heart Institute, is located within the Baptist Memphis campus. It is designed to deliver comprehensive services to our patients in the most convenient way possible. The Heart Institute combines all cardiovascular services in one facility to support high-quality care, research, education and data management. A surgery addition, cardiac catheterization labs, a pre and post cardiac patient staging area, cardiopulmonary transplant unit, cardiovascular recovery/cardiovascular intensive care unit, two cardiac medicine units, the cardiac intervention unit and cardiac rehab are all located within the Heart Institute.

Patients who develop heart problems can rely on Baptist for all their heart care needs. Baptist is the only health care system in the Mid-South that offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care, from non-invasive cardiology to heart transplants.

As Tennessee's top-rated heart surgery program and Memphis' top cardiac program overall, the Baptist Heart Institute is designed to deliver comprehensive services to its patients in the most convenient way possible. It combines all heart services in one facility to support high-quality care, research, education, and data management.

In addition, the Baptist Heart Institute has recently added an intra-operative surgical suite and a diagnostic digital catheterization lab to further enhance patient care.

In January 2011, the Stern Cardiovascular Foundation and Baptist Medical Group, an affiliate of Baptist Memorial Health Care, announced a partnership that includes a full continuum of care to cardiac patients.

To find cardiac services at your local Baptist location, please visit http://www.baptistonline.org/locations/.