Heart Attack

Heart Attack Specialist
Heart attack is the leading cause of death of both men and women in our country, accounting for 610,000 deaths (that’s roughly 1 in 4 deaths) annually. However, the majority of heart attacks could be prevented with early intervention and screenings, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG). At Chinatown Cardiology, with locations in the Chinatown section of New York City and Brooklyn and Flushing, New York, our team of highly-trained cardiologists provide the most sophisticated preventative tests and treatment for men and women at risk for a heart attack.

Heart Attack Q & A

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is severely or entirely restricted. Typically, this occurs when the arteries are narrowed due to a buildup of fat and cholesterol, called plaque. This process, known as hardening of the arteries, can lead to a piece of plaque breaking off and forming a clot. The clot blocks blood flow to the heart, depriving it of crucial oxygen and nutrients. When the heart is starved for these essentials, it is called ischemia. A heart attack occurs when ischemia damages or kills part of the heart muscle.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and returns. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. This may be accompanied by tightness in the neck, back or arm, fatigue, shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. If you suspect you or someone you are with is having a heart attack call 911 immediately.

How do heart attack symptoms differ in women?

Although women can also experience crushing chest pressure when having a heart attack,  that’s not always the case. Instead, women often experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen or upper back, dizziness or extreme fatigue.

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

The following factors increase an individual’s risk of developing heart disease and having a heart attack:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Diabetes  
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Stress

What is an electrocardiogram (EKG)?

An EKG is a quick and easy, non-invasive procedure conducted routinely at Chinatown Cardiology offices to detect and monitor various heart diseases. An EKG is usually recommended when a person experiences

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness and weakness

The test is performed with electrodes placed on the patient’s chest, arms and legs to interpret electrical activity of the heart. Each heartbeat is accompanied by an electrical signal that spreads from the top of the heart to the bottom.  As the signal travels, it causes the heart to contract and pump blood. EKG recordings give the doctor information about how your heart is working – its heart rate, regularity of heartbeats, size and position of the chambers of the heart, a presence of any damage to the heart, and effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart.

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