Thanks to the swift responses of emergency room physicians, tens of thousands of patients in the U.S. survive heart attacks each year. However, it is still undeniably preferable to avoid this life-threatening health problem whenever possible. If you’ve been told that you have a heart condition and you’re at risk of a heart attack, consider visiting a cardiology specialist at a heart hospital. You can learn more about your risk factors and how to identify a possible heart attack.
Am I at Risk of a Heart Attack?
It is possible to suffer a heart attack without having any of the risk factors for it. However, as a cardiology specialist can advise you, having one or more risk factors can increase the chances of suffering a cardiovascular event. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you could be doubling your risk of a heart attack. However, bear in mind that you’re also at risk if you’ve been physically inactive, and then abruptly increase your physical activity. Other risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, testosterone therapy, illicit drug use, hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity.
What Symptoms May Occur?
The classic sign of a heart attack is pain or pressure in the chest. However, chest pain may not always occur, especially in women. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, jaw pain, and back pain.
When Should I Call 911?
Many people delay calling 911 for transportation to the nearest emergency room because they’re unsure if having just a few symptoms of a heart attack is truly a medical emergency. In fact, most people who suffer a heart attack do not experience all of the symptoms. If you’ve experienced any of the possible symptoms, they continue to worsen, and they persist for more than five minutes, call 911 right away.
The nationally recognized Los Robles Cardiac and Cardiovascular Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is dedicated to saving lives by providing advanced medical technologies and highly trained cardiology specialists. If you or a loved one may be experiencing a heart attack, please call 911 immediately. Otherwise, you can learn more about the cardiology services available in Thousand Oaks by calling (805) 497-2727.