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News: Liz Taylor and congestive heart failure

Elizabeth Taylor died today of congestive heart failure at age 79. At Centegra Heart Center you’ll find nutrition, wellness and fitness programs. Because we believe there’s nothing more important than bringing a heart back to health” ¦unless it’s keeping it well from the start. Learn more at Heart Services.

Dr. Paresh Rawal, an independent cardiologist on the medical staff at Centegra Health System, said, “Heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of Americans and people need to understand that you cannot overreact if a person is having heart attack symptoms. People often die from their first heart attack because they did not seek treatment early enough.” Rawal is the medical director of the Chest Pain Centers at Centegra Health System. In addition to providing outstanding clinical care to patients suffering from heart attacks, the Chest Pain Centers at Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock also educate the public about the seriousness of heart disease. Both Chest Pain Centers were recently accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.This advanced accreditation makes Centegra’s hospitals two of only 11 in Illinois to earn this level of distinction.

Rawal said people who have heart attack symptoms should not wait more than five minutes before calling 911, however many people do not seek help for hours.”There’s never a reason to feel embarrassed about calling for emergency help,”  Rawal said. “When you call 911, lifesaving treatment arrives within minutes. Emergency medical services providers begin providing care when they arrive and they can also revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients who arrive at the emergency room in an ambulance typically also receive faster treatment. It’s always best to call for help as soon as heart attack symptoms begin.” 