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CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Is it anxiety or heart disease?

Published in Heart & Vascular, For the Health of It Author: Kathleen Mahon,APRN,CNP

According to a recent study, women with anxiety disorders were 75 percent more likely than women without anxiety to have reduced blood flow to the heart during activity.

What does this mean? Anxiety symptoms — tiredness and shortness of breath — may disguise heart disease symptoms so women are being misdiagnosed. Chest tightness is another common and well recognized symptom with anxiety and/or coronary disease.

The study was published online Feb. 23 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Researchers concluded that anxiety disorders appear to be more common in women than in men and there is a link between anxiety disorders and worse cardiac outcomes.

The symptoms of a heart attack can be different for women than for men. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are more likely to describe chest pain that is sharp or burning; they more frequently have pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States — one in every four females will die of heart disease each year. Don’t rely on self diagnosing. Seek medical attention immediately for any concerning symptoms that do not resolve quickly.