Heart AttackAn Overview
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when there is an inadequate amount of blood flow to the heart which leads to death or damage to the heart muscle. Inadequate blood flow to the heart is caused by plaque buildup up that narrows the coronary arteries; this process is known as atherosclerosis. The heart attack occurs when a clot forms and fully or partially blocks blood flow to the heart.
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Heart Attack What to Expect
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
It is important to note that symptoms of heart attack may vary from patient to patient. Research has shown that women experience different heart attack symptoms than men. Some patients may experience a plethora of symptoms or warning signs; other patients may experience no symptoms of warning signs.
Heart attacks can occur suddenly; however, some patients may experience warning signs in advance.
Common symptoms of heart attack may include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cold sweat
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating profusely
- Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms: patients may also experience these sensations in the neck, jaw or back.
Symptoms of heart attack should be addressed immediately. The longer a heart attack is left untreated, the more likely patients will experience serious complications.
Are you at risk for heart attack?
Certain factors can contribute to your chance of experiencing a heart attack. Your physician will discuss the risk factors during your evaluation. In some cases, patients can work with their physician to find ways to lower their risk of heart attack.
Risk factors for heart attack may include:
- Tobacco use
- Lack of exercise
- High Blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- Drug use
- A family history of heart attack
How are heart attacks diagnosed?
Diagnostic testing helps your physician know if a heart attack has occurred and the degree of damage to the heart tissue. Testing can also help indicate the underlying cause of a heart attack. Diagnostic testing for heart attack also helps your physician determine the next course of action for your heart health. Patients may undergo a series of invasive and non-invasive testing to determine what treatment is needed and how to prevent further damage to the heart.
How is a heart attack treated?
The type of treatment a patient receives will depend on various factors. A physician will perform a series of test and determine which treatment best improves a patient’s quality of life and reduce their risk of further damage to the heart muscle. Conventional treatments for heart attack may include— angioplasty, valve surgery, ablation, stent placement, bypass surgery, transplant surgery, and implantable medical devices.