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
- 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.
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