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September 01, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Attack   Panic Attack  

Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology can keep your heart healthy and help prevent heart attacks in Gilbert, AZ.

Are Panic Attacks and Heart Attacks Equally Dangerous?

While a panic attack can feel as serious and dangerous as a heart attack to the person experiencing it, panic attacks are not life-threatening, while heart attacks can be deadly. This is why being able to differentiate between the two ailments is so incredibly important. Panic attacks are not deadly. However, if they are frequently happening to you, you should seek help. They are detrimental to your quality of life and mental health.

Panic Attacks and Heart Attacks Share Many Symptoms

You should familiarize yourself with the symptoms so that you may recognize them in an emergency. Shared symptoms between panic attacks and heart attacks include:

  • Pressure in the chest
  • Pain in the jaw, head, chest, arms, upper chest, or upper back
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Sweating, including cold sweats
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Because there are a lot of common symptoms, it’s essential to pay very close attention to the minute details that set panic attacks and heart attacks apart. The professionals at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, are here to help.

Four Key Differences Between Heart Attacks and Panic Attacks in Gilbert, AZ

If you can figure out the trigger, you can usually determine which kind of attack you’re experiencing. Usually, heart attacks are caused by physical stressors, while emotional ones cause panic attacks. Heart attacks usually occur directly after strenuous physical activity or physical strain.

Heart attacks feel like intense pressure on your chest. This pressure feels like a hefty object is sitting on your body. Heart attacks are usually associated with an aching or even burning sensation in the chest, like heartburn.

Panic attacks are associated with intense, sharp, or stabbing pain in the chest or heart. Chest discomfort that is difficult to describe is usually a good indicator of a panic attack. When paired with a pounding or racing heart, it’s an excellent sign of a panic attack instead of a heart attack.

Panic attacks can last a few minutes up to 60 or 90 minutes. Eventually, the attack will subside, and you will begin to calm down and feel better, but heart attacks will not let up. Another telltale sign of a heart attack is that the pain comes in waves. The pain may fall to a 3 or 4 on the pain scale but quickly rise to a 9 or 10 before easing up again.

Schedule an Appointment with Gilbert Cardiology Today

Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology can take care of your heart and prevent heart attacks in Gilbert, AZ. Call (480) 786-9100 to schedule your appointment.

July 21, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Hypertension  

Hypertension, known also as high blood pressure, is a condition affecting about 1.13 billion people worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Understanding this condition and your risk factors could help you protect your health. Your cardiologist Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha at Gilbert Cardiology can help you manage hypertension in Gilbert, AZ.

What Is Hypertension?

Hypertension is a condition where your blood pressure is consistently above the normal range. Higher blood pressure means that your heart is having to work extra hard to push blood through your blood vessels. People with blood pressure above 130/80 mm Hg can be said to have high blood pressure.

Symptoms of Hypertension

Often, hypertension doesn't present symptoms till it reaches life-threatening levels. That's why hypertension is dubbed a silent killer. Symptoms of high blood pressure include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Sharp chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Pounding chest

Hypertension Risk Factors

Some factors can increase your risk of developing hypertension. While you could modify your lifestyle to change some of the risk factors some are unmodifiable.

Hypertension modifiable risk factors include:

  • High sodium, low potassium diet
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity

Unmodifiable risk factors for hypertension include:

  • Family history of hypertension
  • Over 65 years old
  • Other health conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease

Complications of Hypertension

Uncontrolled hypertension can affect several organs in your body including your heart, eyes, kidneys, and brain. Hypertension can impair blood supply to your brain which could cause tissue death resulting in a stroke. It could also impair cognitive function later in life.

Hypertension could cause heart conditions such as angina, heart attack, and heart failure due to decreased blood flow to your heart.

Managing Hypertension in Gilbert, AZ

You can work on reducing your modifiable risk factors to manage or prevent hypertension. That means getting enough physical activity and attaining a healthy weight. Giving up unhealthy habits such as tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can help. Consider switching to a healthy diet too.

Check your blood pressure regularly and consult with your cardiologist for high blood pressure treatment options. Your doctors will also help you manage other health conditions you might have.

For help managing hypertension in Gilbert, AZ, call (480) 786-9100 to schedule your consultation with your cardiologist Dr. Lababidi and Dr. Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology, today.

April 22, 2021
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

Everyone experiences minor chest pain from time to time, but when does it warrant concern? Is it indigestion or is your body warning you of a more serious problem? If feelings of pressure, heaviness, or tightness in the chest persist, don't put off determining what's wrong. Alert your primary care physician and visit our Gilbert, AZ office for an evaluation, as it might be the cause of an underlying condition or something else. Our cardiologists can rule out the possibility of angina, heart disease, and, most importantly, a heart attack.

At Gilbert Cardiology, Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha will run a series of tests to do so and ask questions about your family history to keep your heart in its healthiest shape.

When Should I See A Doctor About Chest Pain?

If you suddenly develop chest pain that comes and goes, visit our Gilbert, AZ office before it gets worse. They will evaluate and recommend the appropriate treatment course, which may include the help of a cardiologist.

Your heart not only gives you life, but it also beats over 100,000 times a day, all the more reason it's imperative to take preventive care of this organ. Pain in the chest can result from acid reflux, heartburn, esophageal spasms, and gallbladder disease. Emotional stress, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, and diabetes are other common causes of chest pain. When you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, or palpitations, seek medical attention as soon as possible. You might protect your heart from permanent damage.

If you experience symptoms or have apparent risk factors for chest pain, don't shrug it off. Consult your doctor immediately for advice on additional care. For more information about the conditions treated and services provided at Gilbert Cardiology, visit our website. Please call 480-786-9100 for appointment scheduling with Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha in our Gilbert, AZ office.

January 14, 2021
Category: Heart Health

Did your primary care practitioner tell you that your blood pressure numbers were a little high? Come visit Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ. Dr. Zaki Lababidi & Dr. Khaled Albasha will work with you to watch the signs of high blood pressure as well as give you a sound treatment plan that works.

What Are The Signs Of High Blood Pressure?

Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood against artery walls. When your blood pressure is high, this means that the force created by the blood in your circulatory system is stronger than normal. While patients may feel okay, there is a relationship between high blood pressure and heart attacks and strokes.

There are not many signs that definitively point to high blood pressure. If there are, the signs are not the same for everyone who has this condition. Most often a patient will have:

  • Problems with their vision
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

How Can I Prevent High Blood Pressure?

Getting quality sleep helps maintain healthy blood pressure. Sleep allows the body to reset and reduce inflammatory markers that later lead to a higher blood pressure count.

Continue to move your body. Exercise is a wonderful way to get the blood moving in the veins and arteries. Walking, swimming and weightlifting without enhancers are all great ways to get your heart pumping in a controlled way.

Manage your stress. Stress puts your body in a state of “fight or flight,” where your heart begins to race, you feel butterflies and jittery all over. It is okay to feel this way every so often, but it is unhealthy to feel that way all the time. Your body feels this way due to the release of cortisol. Studies show that hypertension is linked with too much cortisol in the body.

For more information from Gilbert Cardiology on managing your heart health and lowering your blood pressure in Gilbert, AZ, contact Dr. Albasha and Dr. Lababidi. You may reach us at 480-786-9100.


November 06, 2020
Category: Blood Pressure
Tags: Hypertension   Diets  

A healthy diet could be all you need to lower your blood pressure.

No matter whether our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha have diagnosed you with hypertension or you’ve been told by your regular physician that your blood pressure is elevated, nixing certain foods and drinks from your diet right now could go a long way to improving your blood pressure.

Go Plant-Based!

We’re not saying that you have to give up meat entirely; however, research has shown that by lowering your intake of meat and increasing the number of veggies you’re getting each and every day, you can drastically reduce your blood pressure. When you do choose to eat meat, go for lean, skinless chicken breasts or fish.

Go Easy on the Salt

A lot of packaged and prepared foods in the Western world are chock full of sodium. You may not even realize that the foods you’re eating could have more than the recommended intake of sodium. That’s why choosing whole, unprocessed foods is the best option, as you can control how much salt is placed into the meals you eat.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day for those with high blood pressure.

Add these Heart-Healthy Foods to Your Diet

Foods such as bananas, salmon, oatmeal, olive oil and other fatty fish are packed with incredible vitamins and nutrients such as omega-3s, vitamin D and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Even if you’re taking medication to control your blood pressure, these foods can also help reduce inflammation and improve your levels.

Pass on the Alcohol

While cutting out alcohol completely can greatly improve your blood pressure, it’s important that you drink in moderation if you’re still planning to drink alcohol. This means one drink a day for women and two for men. According to the Mayo Clinic, one drink is equivalent to five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. So you’ll want to imbibe responsibly and measure your alcohol out rather than just pouring to the rim.

From lifestyle changes to medications, our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists can help you get your blood pressure under control. Do not ignore your high blood pressure; the team at Gilbert Cardiology can help. Call us today at (480) 786-9100 to discuss your treatment options.

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