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.
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.
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack so you get immediate medical care. Common signs and symptoms include:
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.
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:
They also perform diagnostic in-office tests to assess heart health and the effectiveness of your treatment plan.
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.