The following are cardiovascular patient education handouts developed by Scripps Health, available in PDF format. To download PDFs, you must have Acrobat Reader. This information is not intended as a replacement for medical treatment. Please consult with your physician if you have any questions.
- Matters of the heart — A guide to recovering from your heart procedure (PDF, 6.1 MB)
- Preparing for your heart surgery (PDF, 4 MB)
- Preparing for your heart surgery (spanish) (PDF, 3.5 MB)
- Preparing for your cath lab procedure (PDF, 4.2 MB)
- Preparing for your cath lab procedure (spanish) (PDF, 3.2 MB)
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (PDF, 3 MB)
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (spanish) (PDF, 1.2 MB)
- Understanding arrhythmias and your EP procedure (PDF, 9.7 MB)
- Understanding arrhythmias and your EP procedure (spanish) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
- Understanding heart failure (PDF, 8.4 MB)
- Understanding heart failure (spanish) (PDF, 8.6 MB)
Scripps offers a variety of resources for people with heart disease and those looking to keep their heart healthy, including:
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.
There are a wide variety of symptoms of a heart attack that may include one or more of the following:
- Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest
- Pain or tingling in the arm
- Pain or discomfort in the neck, jaw or back
- A feeling similar to heartburn that can include fullness or a choking feeling
- Sweating accompanied by nausea or vomiting
- Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
These symptoms can often be mild. In some cases, women may have no symptoms at all.