A heart attack occurs when the normal blood supply to your heart is interrupted, usually as a result of an artery that has become blocked by a waxy substance called plaque. Over time, plaques can build up, eventually causing blood flow to become severely blocked and causing a heart attack to occur. In rarer instances, the flow of blood can be blocked by spasms in the blood vessels that occur as a result of a condition called Prinzmetal angina.
Heart attacks can cause a wide array of symptoms, some of which are well known and some which are not so easily recognized. They include:
pain in the chest
a feeling of pressure of heaviness in the chest
pain radiating down the left arm
pain in the shoulder, neck, back, upper belly or jaw
shortness of breath or inability to “catch” your breath
Research has identified several factors that can significantly increase the risk of having a heart attack, including:
high blood pressure
a family history of heart disease
The best ways to prevent a heart attack can include seeing your doctor regularly for a complete cardiac evaluation, and doing all you can to address any modifiable risk factors. Eating a healthy diet, having your blood pressure and cholesterol levels monitored regularly, and making sure you get at least 30 minutes of an aerobic exercise such as walking three or more times per week. Dr. Dele-Michael will determine your risk factors during your regular office evaluation.
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