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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.
Recognize the warning signs of these common and life-threatening heart problems.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationally and in Arizona, which includes both heart attack and heart failure. One factor that contributes to heart disease is age, and with around 17.6 percent of the Arizona population being aged 65 or older, it’s important that everyone understands risk factors and warning signs and how our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi and Dr. Khaled Albasha can help.
What is the difference between a heart attack and heart failure?
A heart attack occurs when one of the heart’s arteries becomes blocked, cutting off blood flow to the heart. The muscles of the heart need oxygen, otherwise they will die. This is a sudden and serious condition, while heart failure is a condition that occurs over time. Heart failure occurs when the muscles of the heart weaken, which affects how much blood is pumped to the heart.
Sometimes heart failure can arise as a result of a heart attack. This is known as acute heart failure, and the symptoms may be pronounced and severe but can be treated. Since a heart attack can weaken the heart, this can also lead to heart failure.
What causes heart failure?
There are certain conditions that can predispose someone to develop heart failure. These include,
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart valve disease
- Congenital heart defects
- Thyroid disorder
- Alcohol abuse
What causes a heart attack?
If plaque starts to buildup around the arteries of the heart, this causes the arteries to narrow. If some of the plaque breaks off this can cause a blockage in the arteries so blood can no longer flow. This leads to a heart attack.
What are the warning signs of a heart attack?
Symptoms vary and can be different for both men and women. The most common warning signs include,
- Pain or pressure in the chest that may come and go (the intensity can range from mild to severe)
- Pain in the upper extremities or the neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Lightheadedness, cold sweats, nausea or vomiting (more common in women)
What are the signs of heart failure?
Here are some of the classic symptoms of heart failure,
- Consistent coughing or wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Intolerance to exercise
- Rapid breathing
- Swelling of the feet, ankles and legs
- Abdominal swelling
Here in Gilbert, AZ, our heart doctors offer congestive heart failure management to help you get your condition under control. We can work with you to create a treatment plan that will best suit your health and your lifestyle.
At Gilbert Cardiology we also offer same-day appointments to ensure that patients get the proper care they need. Call our Gilbert, AZ, cardiology practice today at (480) 786-9100 to schedule an evaluation. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
If you have chest pain and shortness of breath, you may be wondering if you are in danger of having a heart attack. Your cardiologist can help diagnose heart disease and let you know your risk of having a heart attack. The cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, offer a wide range of heart care services, including diagnosis and treatment if you have had a heart attack.
A heart attack is caused when the flow of blood to your heart is blocked by an accumulation of fat and cholesterol deposits which narrow or block an artery. The lack of blood flow causes the heart muscle to become damaged or die.
You are in danger of having a heart attack if you:
- Smoke, or use illicit stimulant drugs
- Are sedentary, or have high stress levels
- Have diabetes, are obese, or have metabolic syndrome
- Have a family history of heart attacks or heart disease
- Are older, typically over 45 for men, and over 55 for women
- Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglyceride levels
If you have any of the risk factors listed above, you should seek out your cardiologist to determine your danger of having a heart attack. Your cardiologist may recommend an exercise stress test, an electrocardiogram, and other tests to determine your level of heart function.
So, how do you know if you are having a heart attack? In many cases, you may not experience symptoms, but there are usually warning signs which include:
- Pressure, tightness, and pain in your chest
- Chest pain that intensifies and doesn’t get better with rest
- A squeezing or aching feeling in your chest, arms, neck, jaw, or back
- Shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, and paleness
- Fatigue, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain
If you have had a heart attack, it can lead to additional heart issues including abnormal heart rhythms, failure of your heart to pump enough blood, and sudden cardiac arrest. To find out more about heart attack diagnosis and treatment, call the cardiologists at Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ, today.
Find out the common signs of a heart attack and when to seek immediate medical care.
While we certainly don’t recommend sitting at the computer and looking up symptoms of a heart attack while you are currently experiencing chest pain, it’s always a good idea to know the telltale signs should it happen to you or someone you know. From the office of our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi, Dr. Mohammed Reza Hojjati and Dr. Khaled Albasha, learn more about the signs of a heart attack and when to seek medical attention.
If you or someone you know complains about any of these symptoms our Gilbert, AZ, heart doctors recommend calling 911 right away:
- Chest pain or discomfort: Someone experiencing a heart attack may complain of chest pain that comes and goes. It may also feel more like pressure or fullness in the chest.
- Radiating pain: During a heart attack, pain may extend to other areas of the body like the neck, back, arms or stomach.
- Other symptoms: People may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness and sweating.
You may also know this already but it’s important to note that symptoms of a heart attack can differ between men and women. While both men and women who have had a heart attack complain of chest pain and discomfort, women are often more likely to experience other symptoms like nausea, back pain or shortness of breath. If you notice chest discomfort along with pain that radiates to your arm, breaking out into a sudden sweat or other symptoms, it’s important that you call 911 or head to the nearest hospital immediately.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent the likelihood of a heart attack:
- If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Talk to our doctors about the best methods for quitting and in just one year alone you could reduce your risk of a heart attack. Even non-heavy smokers can develop early signs of heart disease.
- It’s important to assess your diet. Make sure to reduce salt, sugar, red meats, as well as saturated and trans fats. Opt for a diet that is rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Find time to relax and reduce stress levels. Stress can have a profound affect on your health and can increase your chances of a heart attack. Choose some needed "alone time" or take a yoga class. Whatever gives you a chance to unwind from the daily stressors is good.
- Monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure. These are two factors that could greatly contribute to heart disease and a heart attack. When you come in for routine checkups, we will check these vitals. If they are too high or too low, there are medications to help keep these issues in check.
Gilbert Cardiology is dedicated to providing the very best cardiology care to Gilbert, AZ. If you have questions, concerns or need to schedule an appointment we are always here for you. Call our office today!