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Heart Attack Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

Seeking medical attention at the first sign of a heart attack can save your life or the life of a loved one. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the expert-trained physicians can diagnose heart attacks and offer treatments to help you make a full recovery. Call the office or 911 if you suspect that you’re having a heart attack. Non-emergency appointments can be requested using the online booking feature.

Heart Attack Q & A

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart is blocked by clogged or narrowed blood vessels that feed into the heart. Blocked blood flow can damage and even destroy part of the heart muscle. Seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know experiences the symptoms of a heart attack. Early treatment is the best way to survive it.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

Common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Cold sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Chest pressure or tightness
  • Aching sensation in your chest
  • Neck or jaw pain
  • Nausea, heartburn, or indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

Heart attack complications include heart rhythm irregularities, heart failure, and death. Knowing the signs of a heart attack and seeking immediate medical treatment saves lives.

What are the risk factors for heart attacks?

Heart attacks can happen to anyone, but certain things raise your risk of having one. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Older age
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Lack of exercise
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Other chronic diseases
  • Drug use
  • Autoimmune conditions

Ways to lower your risk of a heart attack include eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, keeping stress levels low, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. Properly manage conditions and diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other heart disease risk factors using lifestyle changes and/or prescribed medicines.

How does my doctor diagnose a heart attack?

To diagnose a heart attack, your provider discusses your symptoms and medical history. They’ll order heart function tests, blood tests, heart catheterization, echocardiograms. They’ll also take chest X-rays or have you undergo an MRI, CT scan, or another imaging procedure.

How is a heart attack treated?

Your personalized treatment plan depends on your unique situation. You might take medicine, undergo surgery, or complete cardiac rehabilitation with a specialist. Making permanent healthy lifestyle changes reduces your risk of further heart problems.

Call 911 or seek medical attention immediately if you or someone nearby is suffering a heart attack. For after-care, call the Internal Medicine Practices office nearest you or book your appointment online.

Fax: 949-543-2074