What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when blood is unable to move through your arteries and into your heart due to either a partial or full blockage in one of your arteries. When this happens, your heart is deprived of the oxygen it needs to keep your heart cells alive and functioning. A heart attack can result in permanent heart damage, however, if a medical professional is able to respond and restore blood flow very quickly, it is possible to bypass much or all of the damage. This is why it is critical to seek emergency medical help at the first signs and symptoms of a heart attack. In addition, it’s important to visit a cardiovascular disease doctor at Heart Vein NYC for your follow-up care and to prevent a future heart problem.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
The signs and symptoms that indicate you may be having a heart attack and should seek immediate medical help include the following:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain moving down the left arm
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Feeling faint
- Chest discomfort
If you have recently experienced symptoms of a heart attack or are going through cardiac rehabilitation, contact our heart specialists in NYC to learn more about your options for reducing symptoms and preventing future heart problems.
What causes a heart attack?
A heart attack is most commonly caused by an underlying condition called coronary artery disease (CAD), which is characterized by the build-up of fatty materials along the walls of your arteries over time. When this happens, the “plaque” causes the arteries to narrow and can make it more difficult for blood to travel to your heart. Often, a heart attack occurs when some of this plaque breaks off and causes a blockage, stopping the blood from passing through completely.
How is a heart condition diagnosed by our NYC heart doctors?
Our physicians specialize in providing advanced diagnostic heart testing to determine exactly what kind of heart condition our patients are suffering from. We offer every patient that visits our practice with comprehensive and personalized options, ensuring that all of your individual concerns and health needs are addressed. Some of the many cardiovascular tests we can perform include:
- Electrophysiology study (EPS)
- Cardiac catheterization
- Exercise stress test
- Event monitor (such as LINQ)
- Holter monitor
- Stress echocardiogram
How is a heart attack treated by an NYC cardiologist?
A heart attack is initially treated by an emergency responder, who may give you certain medications to help restore blood flow to your heart. The primary goal is to get blood to the heart as quickly as possible to avoid damage to your heart. In addition, heart artery surgery may also be used to help prevent a future blockage and to restore full blood flow.
Heart Attack Rehabilitation in NYC
Cardiovascular rehabilitation is also an important part of your treatment, which involves monitoring your heart and blood flow routinely to prevent another heart attack. Heart specialists, such as those at Heart Vein NYC, provide routine heart monitoring and a personalized heart recovery plan for those who have recently had a heart attack.
Our heart and vein doctors at Heart Vein NYC have over 20 years of experience providing the New York City area with comprehensive, personalized cardiovascular care for patients who have suffered a heart attack or who have symptoms of a heart condition. Contact our compassionate heart doctors if you have recently experienced a heart problem to learn more about your next steps for a heart-healthy future.