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Heart Attack Specialist

Cardiology Associates of Frederick

Cardiologists located in Frederick, MD

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. Heart attacks limit oxygen-rich blood to the muscle, causing damage to the tissue. Taking steps to improve heart health may prevent a heart attack. Cardiology Associates of Frederick in Frederick, Maryland, believes early detection is essential for managing or even preventing conditions that lead to a heart attack. Whether you have a history of a heart attack or concerns about heart health, Cardiology Associates of Frederick can help. Call or book an appointment online today.

Heart Attack Q & A

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction, is a life-threatening event that occurs when you have a blockage in the flow of blood to your heart. 

The blockage may develop from a buildup of plaque (cholesterol, fat, and other substances) along the wall of the arteries that supply blood to your heart. A blood clot may also block the flow of blood to your heart, resulting in a heart attack.

The blockage disrupts the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your heart, resulting in damage or death of the tissue. A heart attack can be fatal.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so you get immediate medical care. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Chest pain, pressure, or tightness
  • Pain that radiates to your neck, jaw, or back
  • Cold sweat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Weakness or fatigue

Heart attack symptoms vary in type and severity. In fact, many people have a “silent” heart attack that causes no symptoms, but still results in heart damage. 

If you suspect you or someone you love is having a heart attack, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Early diagnosis and care may prevent serious heart tissue damage or death. 

Taking a proactive and preventive approach to cardiac health, Cardiology Associates of Frederick encourages people with concerns about heart health to undergo screenings.

What happens after a heart attack?

It takes up to two months for your heart to heal after a heart attack. 

To help you during the recovery process, your cardiologist at Cardiology Associates of Frederick may recommend:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Nutrition therapy
  • At-home exercise program
  • Psychotherapy
  • Disease-specific medications

They also perform diagnostic in-office tests to assess heart health and the effectiveness of your treatment plan. 

How can I prevent a heart attack?

Cardiology Associates of Frederick believes in the power of prevention. If you have concerns about your heart or having a heart attack, Cardiology Associates of Frederick performs comprehensive cardiac exams to assess your risk.

They work with you to develop a plan to reduce your risk of a heart attack. Your plan may include lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet, and smoking cessation.

Cardiology Associates of Frederick also provides care for conditions that may increase your risk of heart disease and having a heart attack, including medical management of your high blood pressure or high cholesterol. 

Call Cardiology Associates of Frederick or schedule your consultation online today.