Citizens Memorial Hospital | Vitality | Summer 2024 13 Heart attack? Know the signs If a heart attack happens to you, getting help right away is key to recovery. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of a heart attack. Men and women can experience heart attack symptoms differently. Many of the symptoms overlap, but not all. Symptoms for both men and women ● Chest pain. ● Arm pain. ● Shortness of breath. ● Feeling weak. ● Jaw, neck or back pain. Symptoms for women ● Unexplained tiredness. ● Nausea or vomiting. ● Back pain or pressure. ● Other body pain, such as in the lower chest, stomach, jaw or neck. If you experience any of the signs, call 911. Getting care quickly can reduce damage to the heart. Sources: American Heart Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expert diabetes care Brian Robinson, D.O., is fellowshiptrained in endocrinology and board certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Robinson; Julia Magdici, FNP-C; and Hannah Schumann, PA‑C, provide expert diabetes care at the CMH Endocrinology Center. They treat endocrine disorders, including advanced diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and thyroid and parathyroid disorders. New to the clinic is radioactive iodine (I-131) therapy for treating hyperthyroidism or thyroid cancer. Go to or call 417-328-7000 to learn more. The medical staff at the CMH Heart Institute Clinic includes, from left: John Best, M.D.; Haris Riaz, M.D.; Stephen Davis, M.D.; and Kyla Inman, FNP-C. “Keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy range lowers your risk of other complications and leads to a healthier life,” says Brian Robinson, D.O., an endocrinologist with the CMH Endocrinology Center. “Follow your diabetes management plan and ask your doctor about any challenges you might have.” If you have questions, or to make an appointment with one of our providers, visit or call 417-328-6010. Here are some other things that cut your heart disease and diabetes risks: Manage stress. Stress can increase blood pressure and make you want to do things that raise your risk, like overindulge in sweets. Eat right. Choose lots of produce, lean proteins and whole grains. Skip processed foods as much as you can. Exercise. Regular physical activity helps lower blood sugar and can help prevent or manage diabetes. Lose weight. If you’re overweight, losing even a few pounds can help reduce triglycerides and blood sugar. Consider medicine. Ask about drugs that can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar or help you lose weight. Get tested. Talk with your provider about tests that can evaluate your heart’s health and heart disease risk.