Heart Attack Specialist

Abiola Dele-Michael, MD, FACC -  - Cardiologist

Abiola Dele-Michael, MD, FACC

Cardiologist located in Midtown, New York, NY

As a top cardiologist serving the Manhattan, NY, area, Dr. Dele-Michael helps men and women understand their risks for heart attack and take steps to lead the healthiest life possible following an attack.

Heart Attack Q & A

What happens during a heart attack?

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.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

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

  • nausea

  • profuse perspiration

  • shortness of breath or inability to “catch” your breath

  • prolonged fatigue

  • sudden dizziness

How can I tell if I'm at risk for a heart attack?

Research has identified several factors that can significantly increase the risk of having a heart attack, including:

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol

  • smoking

  • obesity

  • poor nutrition

  • diabetes

  • sedentary lifestyle

  • a family history of heart disease

  • stress

  • older age

What can I do to help prevent a heart attack from occurring?

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.

Insurance Plans We Accept

Here is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield