As of Sunday, December 18, 2022, Jefferson Surgical Clinic (JSC) physicians and staff are employed by Carilion Clinic.

JSC and Carilion share the same philosophy about the practice of medicine. As a patient, you’ll receive the same care and compassion from your surgical provider. Also, you’ll have access to additional resources including MyChart, a secure online health management tool, and easy connections to many specialty services through an electronic medical record system.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming appointment, you can continue to reach your care team at (540) 283-6000..

The patient portal is no longer active due to system changes. You are able to pay your account balance using the “Bill Pay” button below instead of calling. For account questions, you may still call (540) 283-6070.

Are You Having A Heart Attack

Intense chest pain is the symptom most people think of when they think of a heart attack. That’s what you see in the movies, right? In real life, a heart attack can begin with milder symptoms and leave you unsure about what’s wrong.

Dr. Molly Rutherford, a board-certified cardiologist at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, teaches patients the other signs of heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort, from pain to a squeezing feeling or sensation of fullness.
  • Jaw pain as well as toothache and neck ache.
  • Upper middle abdomen discomfort, including heartburn and indigestion.
  • Arm pain on either side, but commonly on the left.
  • Difficulty breathing and gasping for air.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Cold sweats and lightheadedness.
  • Vague illness with anxiety.

Women are more likely to experience these other symptoms of heart attack, which can be mistaken for indigestion or the flu. It doesn’t occur to some women that they could actually be experiencing a heart attack.

In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. All adults should know what to do when a heart attack is suspected:

  1. Call 911. Don’t wait and don’t attempt to drive to the emergency room.
  2. Chew an adult aspirin to help limit damage.

Do you need to learn more about your individual risk factors? Call the Jefferson Surgical Clinic at (540) 283-6000 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Rutherford cares for patients with all kinds of cardiac needs and can help you make the best choices for your health.