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Cardiology Outreach Clinic

Lane County Hospital, through the assistance of DeBakey Heart Institute, is proud to offer the services of Dr. Anil Pandit who participates in their Cardiology Outreach Clinic whereby providing services in Western Kansas. We appreciate the excellent care he and his staff provide our patients month after month.

If you would like to make an appointment to see Dr. Pandit in our Cardiology Outreach Clinic you may do so by calling 888-625-4699.

Brief Bio:

Medical School: Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal

Internship: Patan Hospital, Nepal

Residency: Patan Hospital, Nepal; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Fellowships: Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona

Board Certified: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography

Preventing heart attacks

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack occurs, in most cases, when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with blood and oxygen becomes completely blocked. The vessel has become narrowed by a slow buildup of fatty deposits, made mostly of cholesterol. When a clot occurs in this narrowed vessel, it completely blocks the supply of blood to the heart muscle. That part of the muscle will begin to die if the individual does not immediately seek medical attention.

Heart attacks have beginnings. These "beginnings" occur in over 50 percent of patients. More importantly, if recognized in time, these "beginnings" can be treated before the heart is damaged. 85 percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack.

There are warning signs and risk factors associated with heart attacks in men and women. View the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) page (link below) to learn more and don't hesitate to call 911 in the event you or someone you are with is experiencing symptoms.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately 1.2 million Americans suffer a heart attack, and nearly one-third of these individuals die, many before they reach the hospital. People often dismiss heart attack warning signs, such as chest pain, and think they merely have heartburn or a pulled muscle. The unfortunate conclusion is that many people wait too long before getting help. We want you to recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack:

Pressure, fullness, squeezing pain in the center of the chest, spreading to the neck, shoulder or jaw
Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath
Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
Lower chest discomfort
Back pain
Unusual fatigue
Unusual shortness of breath

Keep in mind that for women, the symptoms are just as dire, but often much more subtle (and easier to ignore):
Chest discomfort - often described as pressure rather than acute pain in women
Discomfort in other parts of the body - one or both arms, the back, jaw, or stomach
Shortness of breath - with or without chest discomfort
Cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe. Treatments are most effective when they occur in the early stages of chest pain.

Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that trained medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.