Signs of a Heart Attack
By Dr. Virginia Y. Gonzalez
December 20, 2019
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Heart Attack  

What you should know about heart attacks and how Dr. Virginia Gonzalez of Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe, LA, can keep you healthy

What is a heart attack?

Heart attacks, unlike heart failure (which is a chronic, long-standing condition), occur suddenly. A heart attack, a myocardial infarction, is when a blood clot develops in a coronary artery. This cuts off most or all blood supply to part of the heart muscle. If oxygenated blood isn't restored quickly, the heart muscle will falter, causing a heart attack.

The risk of experiencing this event increases for men over 45 and a woman over 55.

What are the symptoms and signs of a heart attack?

Symptoms vary from one person to another, but if you think that you're having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Common signs include:

  • Tightness, discomfort, and pain in the chest area
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, and stomach
  • Suffering from shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Nausea

Other symptoms include coughing, vomiting, dizziness, the face seeming gray in color, and a feeling of terror that life is ending.

What can people do to improve their health?

  • Maintain a healthy weight according to your cardiologist's advice.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Quit smoking and eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Manage your blood pressure and cholesterol, especially if you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Visit your West Monroe doctor for regular medical checkups.

Do you need help?

You need to speak with your cardiologist if you think that you're at risk of experiencing a heart attack. If you are at all concerned, call Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe, LA, today at (318) 338-3540 to learn more about what you can do for your health.