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By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
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.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
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.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
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.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
August 07, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Chest Pain  

Have you been wondering why you have pain in your chest? Although a heart attack is a possible cause of the pain, it may also be caused by an injury, illness, or health condition. Your Gilbert AZ cardiologists Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha can help you determine the cause of your chest pain.

What causes chest pain

Chest pain can occur due to:

  • A Heart Attack: Squeezing or crushing chest pain that radiates to your arm, jaw, shoulder, or back may be a sign of a heart attack. Other signs of a heart attack may include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, stomach pain, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Minutes matter when you're having a heart attack. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately in the Gilbert area.
  • Other Heart Issues: You may also experience chest pain if you have angina, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, aortic dissection, a heart valve problem, or inflammation in or around your heart.
  • Lung Problems: The pain in your chest may be due to an issue with your lungs. Common causes of lung-related chest pain include pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), collapsed lung, blood clot, or inflammation in the lining of the lungs.
  • Bone or Muscle Issues: Did your pain start after a strenuous workout? You may have strained a muscle in your chest. Bruised or broken ribs may be the source of the pain if you've recently fallen or received a blow to the chest.
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions: Although your chest may hurt, the pain may originate from your gastrointestinal system. Chest pain can occur if you have gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), problems with your esophagus, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, or an ulcer or hiatal hernia.
  • Other Causes of Chest Pain: Chest pain may also be due to shingles, anxiety, or inflammation in the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breastbone.

Visiting the emergency room or your Gilbert heart attack specialist is a must if you have chest pain. Although your pain may not be caused by a heart attack, it's impossible to determine the source of your symptoms without medical care. Receiving prompt treatment can save your life and ease your pain.

Don't ignore your chest pain! Call your cardiologists in Gilbert AZ at Gilbert Cardiology, Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha, at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an appointment.

By GILBERT CARDIOLOGY
June 19, 2020
Category: Cardiology

The moment you start to feel tightness in your chest, sweating and nausea can be scary. "One person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart attacks and heart failures are frightening for people experiencing them and people around sufferers. Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, can tell you more about heart attacks and how to minimize your risk of getting a heart attack.

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack happens when a blood clot cuts off most or all blood supply to the heart. The heart begins to die because it's not receiving oxygen, which may result in permanent damage to the heart, and, in worst cases, death.

Heart attacks are sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase "heart failure," which is actually wrong. Heart failure is a chronic condition and heart attacks occur suddenly.

What are the symptoms of heart attacks?

Symptoms of a heart attack vary from person to person and you must call 911 immediately. Major symptoms include the following:

  • Tightness and discomfort in the chest area
  • Pain in the chest that lasts several minutes
  • Uncomfortable pressure
  • A feeling of swelling or a painful squeezing
  • Pain or discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and nausea
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness

How to Minimize Your Heart Attack Risks

There are several things you can change and improve on to minimize your risk of getting a heart attack. Your Gilbert doctors may advise you do the following when you speak with them:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Exercise
  3. Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
  4. Eat a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables) to manage blood pressure and cholesterol
  5. Visit your doctor's office regularly

Interested in learning more about heart health?

If you would like to learn more about heart attacks and how to decrease the risk of getting a heart attack, you should contact Drs. Zaki Lababidi and Khaled Albasha of Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, at 480-786-9100.