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Heart Attack

Heart One Associates

Board Certified Cardiologist, Vein Specialist, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Structural Heart Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ & Peoria, AZ & Buckeye, AZ

Someone in the United States has a heart attack every 40 seconds. But you can take action to prevent one from happening to you when you partner with Heart One Associates. The experienced team provides comprehensive cardiovascular care to reduce the risk of heart attack and restore heart health should you have one. Visit one of the convenient office locations in Peoria, Buckeye, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call today or use the online booking tool.

Heart Attack Q & A

What is a heart attack?

Heart attack (myocardial infarction) happens when blood flow to the heart is blocked. A lack of steady blood supply starves the heart of oxygen. Without treatment, this medical emergency can lead to death. At the first sign of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

How do I know if Iā€™m having a heart attack?

Heart attack symptoms vary. Some people experience warning signs, while others have none at all. Not all symptoms are heart- or chest-related either. Commonly reported signs include:

  • Crushing chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Upper body pain
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the arm, jaw, shoulder, or neck
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest tightness or pressure

Never ignore these symptoms ā€” they could be an early warning that a heart attack is on its way. Call Heart One Associates to stay on top of heart health.

What causes a heart attack?

The coronary arteries carry blood to the heart. Fat and cholesterol can build up in the arteries and harden to form plaque, narrowing the arteries and causing coronary artery disease (CAD) ā€” the leading cause of heart attack. 

Sometimes, the plaque ruptures, and a blood clot forms at the rupture site, blocking blood from getting to the heart. Other times, the coronary artery spasms and obstructs itself. Factors that put you at risk of having a heart attack include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • A family history of heart attacks
  • An autoimmune condition
  • Smoking
  • Stimulant drug use

Age also plays a role. Men over 45 and women over 55 have a higher risk of a heart attack.

What is the treatment for a heart attack?

When treating someone having a heart attack, the medical team must understand what caused the heart attack so they can restore blood flow to the heart and re-establish a regular heartbeat. Treatment may include medication and surgery.

Medicines

Heart attack medication gets to work quickly, breaking up blood clots, increasing blood flow, and restoring a regular heartbeat.

Surgery

Surgical procedures are available, depending on what caused your heart attack in the first place. They include balloon angioplasty, coronary stent, heart bypass, heart valve surgery, having a pacemaker fitted, and heart transplant.

Take care of your heart health and reduce the risk of a heart attack when you partner with Heart One Associates. Call today or request an appointment online.