Roughly one out of every four deaths in the United States stem from heart attacks. While not every heart attack is preventable, getting treatment for heart disease-related issues — like hypertension and high cholesterol — at Advanced Medical Group can preserve your heart health. Book your appointment at the Jersey City, Union City, or West New York, New Jersey, clinic with the online scheduler. You can also call your closest office to book.
Having a heart attack means that blood flow to your heart stops due to a blockage in a coronary artery, which is usually due to a buildup of fat, cholesterol, or similar components. Without immediate medical intervention, this disruption in blood flow can lead to permanent heart muscle tissue damage. You may be at risk of a heart attack if you:
While all men and women should regularly check their blood pressure and have their cholesterol checked as recommended, these simple tests are especially important if you have a personal or family history of heart attacks.
Symptoms of a heart attack are different for everyone. You may only have mild pain, while you may know someone who had severe pain that made breathing difficult. In general, heart attack sufferers report feeling:
A heart attack is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate emergency medical attention.
Early intervention for heart attack sufferers — and those at risk of a heart attack — often involves medications to widen blood vessels or to dissolve clots. These medications can include:
If you have a severe blockage, you might need to have an angioplasty procedure. This surgery involves inserting a catheter through an artery to reach the blockage in your heart — it’s typically inserted in your groin or wrist.
The catheter contains a balloon that gently inflates to open up a blocked coronary artery. Depending on the severity of your heart attack, your cardiovascular specialist from Advanced Medical Group may also need to place a mesh stent implant to help keep your artery open in the long run.
If you’ve suffered from a heart attack, it’s common to need to continue taking medications to prevent another occurrence. For example, medications like nitroglycerin can improve blood flow, while statins and similar medications can lower your cholesterol. Your practitioner works to find the right medications to improve your heart health.
If you’ve had a heart attack or are at risk of suffering from one, book an evaluation at Advanced Medical Group. You can request an appointment online or call the clinic nearest you to schedule.