East Central Health of Georgia

East Central Health District

Heart Cardiovascular Disease

The following counties provide Hypertension Management Outreach services:

Burke County – (706) 554-3456
McDuffie County – (706) 595-1740
Richmond County – (706) 721-5800
Wilkes County – (706) 678-2622


Heart Disease is the nation’s leading killer of both men and women!

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) includes all diseases of the heart and blood vessels including ischemic heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, hypertensive disease and atherosclerosis.

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes
  • Pain or discomfort in the shoulders, neck, jaw, or arms
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath

Warning Signs of a Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you experience chest discomfort, seek medical assistance immediately! Call 9 1 1 or get to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible.

Risk factors you cannot change or control:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family History or heredity

Risk factors you can change or control

  • Tobacco Use
  • Obesity or Overweight
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes

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