What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, occurs when the blood flow to your heart is blocked for too long. Without sufficient blood supply, your heart muscles are deprived of oxygen and nutrients. As a result, the tissues begin to die. Although quick treatment can limit the damage and improve your recovery, once part of the heart muscle dies, the damage is permanent.
The American Heart Association reports that someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. The cardiologists at Advanced Heart and Vein Center have extensive experience helping patients prevent heart attacks and providing exceptional, life-saving treatment should one occur.
When you develop chest pain or shortness of breath, schedule an appointment.
What is Angina?
Angina is another term for chest pain. It can come in many forms and have many underlying causes. Some of these causes may not be of any concern, while others may need immediate follow-up and treatment.
There are two types of angina:
Stable Angina: This usually results in brief episodes of pain, squeezing, pressure, or tightness in the chest. It is often a symptom of coronary heart disease and may develop when there is something blocking the arteries. It most often occurs during moments of physical activity and exertion.
Unstable Angina: This occurs when the heart does not get enough oxygen and may lead to a heart attack. Unlike stable angina, unstable angina can occur when the body is at rest.