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
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:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
- Eat a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables) to manage blood pressure and cholesterol
- 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.