A heart attack, known clinically as a myocardial infarction, is a life-threatening event that requires immediate medical intervention.
At CardioVascular Health Clinic, we provide complete heart care for people who have had heart attacks or are at risk for heart attacks. If you believe that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.
In the United States, approximately 635,000 people experience their first heart attack every year. While living a full and healthy life after experiencing a heart attack is possible, an estimated one in seven fatalities in the United States is related to heart disease.
Knowing the risks and symptoms is crucial to avoiding or overcoming heart attacks.
Most heart attacks are caused by arterial blockages that prevent the flow of blood to the heart. Such obstructions are known as atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits called plaques. Plaques consist of calcium, cellular waste, cholesterol, clotting material called fibrin, and fatty materials.
Over time, the plaque buildup can break away and become lodged in the artery, completely blocking blood flow. When the heart is denied a blood supply, a heart attack can occur.
However, not every heart attack is caused by a blockage. In roughly 5% of all heart attack cases, the cause is one of the following:
When the blood flow to the heart is interrupted, the heart muscle cannot pump blood throughout the brain and the body. When the heart cannot function, cardiac arrest occurs, effectively stopping the function of other vital organs. Cardiac arrest can lead to death in only a few minutes.
Common symptoms of a heart attack include:
While both men and women experience heart attacks and coronary artery disease, the symptoms can differ depending on the sex of the patient.
Numerous lifestyle factors, health conditions, and genetic contributors can put you at risk of a heart attack.
Your medical provider will conduct a series of tests to determine whether your symptoms are indicative of a heart attack. These tests might include the following:
Your treatment options will depend upon the severity of the heart attack and if there are potentially dangerous associated symptoms, like trouble breathing. Your treatment might include:
If you are concerned about your risk of heart attack or heart disease, please contact our representatives to schedule a comprehensive evaluation today.
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