What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, often by a blood clot. This can result in damage to or death of the heart muscle, making it a medical emergency requiring immediate intervention.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Warning signs can include:
- Severe chest pain or discomfort
- Pain in the arm, jaw, neck, or back
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat or clammy skin
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
Immediate treatments often include:
- Aspirin to prevent blood clotting
- Nitroglycerin to improve blood flow
- Oxygen therapy
- Medications to dissolve clots
- Emergency procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery
If you are at risk for heart attacks due to lifestyle or other medical conditions, regular check-ups are crucial for prevention and early intervention. Schedule your appointment with our cardiac specialists today for a full cardiac evaluation and preventative care.
Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for emergency medical care. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, dial 911 immediately for urgent medical assistance.