Heart Attacks Prevention and Treatment Questions and Answers
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Heart attacks are always unsettling to think about, let alone experience. However, there are times when it is beneficial and even necessary to address the topic of heart attacks to prevent them from occurring. At Apollo Cardiology, our integrative cardiology team would be pleased to provide you with a customize heart attack prevention and treatment plan if you think you could benefit from it.
What is the most common type of heart attack?
There two main types of heart attacks. The one that is the biggest emergency is called an ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI). Another type of heart attack is called a non-ST segment myocardial infarctions (NSTEMI). An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is the main tool that helps determine which type of heart attack is occurring.
An ST-segment myocardial infarction is a major heart attack that occurs when a coronary artery becomes blocked generally after a plaque ruptures and a blood clot forms in the artery and a large portion of the heart muscle stops receiving adequate blood supply. When most people think of a heart attack, they likely imagine a STEMI heart attack. This is the type of heart attack where one is whisked right away to the cardiac cath lab in order to try and open the artery with a balloon and possibly a stent.
In contrast, a non-ST segment myocardial infarction is still an emergency requiring rapid treatment with many medications, but it does not require an immediate trip to the cath lab. Some patients with NSTEMI are medically treated and some do go on to the cath lab to have a stent placed.
Does your body warn you before a heart attack?
Nearly 50% of heart attacks can occur suddenly without any discernable warning. In the other 50% of cases your body may warn you in various ways before you experience a heart attack. As such, it is critical to pay attention to such warning signs so that you can prevent a heart attack from occurring or lessen the impact of one should you experience a heart attack.
With that in mind, some common signs that your body may provide to alert you of a potential heart attack include the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive perspiration (sweating)
- Extreme exhaustion or fatigue
- Hair loss on the feet and legs
- Irregular heartbeat
- Jaw or throat pain
- Pain that radiates to the arm
- Recurrent chest pain or chest pressure
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Swollen legs, feet, or ankles
Can stress cause chest pains?
Stress or heightened anxiety can cause chest pains. In many cases, the feeling of a panic attack can mirror the symptoms of a heart attack. However, it is important to distinguish between these very different disorders, as only a heart attack is a life-threatening medical emergency.
On another note, chronic stress can increase a person’s risk of having a heart attack. As such, if chronic stress is leading to chest pain, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can to avoid a potential heart attack in the future.
Do you provide Heart Attacks Prevention and Treatment at Apollo Cardiology?
We do! At Apollo Cardiology, our integrative cardiologist, Dr. Michael Twyman, MD, specializes in preventing heart attacks by doing a deep dive into your individual cardiovascular risk factors and developing a customized action plan to help you reduce your risk. As such, if you are concerned that you may be at high risk of experiencing a heart attack, we would love to see you soon to provide you with high-quality treatment and preventive measures.
For more information about heart attack prevention and treatment at Apollo Cardiology, please feel free to call us. You can also schedule an appointment with us right here on our website. We serve patients from St. Louis MO, Richmond Heights MO, Clayton MO, and Maplewood MO.