Although a heart attack can be fatal, you can manage your risk and
fully recover with the latest medical advances. At the Wake Forest Heart &
Vascular Center, our expert team provides superior care for patients at any
stage of heart disease.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack happens when blood flow that brings oxygen to the
heart muscle is cut off or severely reduced. The blockage occurs in the
coronary arteries and causes the portion of the heart that isn’t getting enough
blood to begin to die, if not treated quickly. A heart attack can lead to:
Risk Factors and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Our cardiac team at Wake Forest Baptist includes heart doctors
(cardiologists) and nurse specialists. Together, we work to uncover your risk
factors for heart attack, including:
The most common warning sign of a heart attack is chest pain.
Other symptoms of heart attack may include:
- Pain, pressure, squeezing or fullness in the
chest, arm or below the breastbone
- Pain or discomfort radiating to the arms,
back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Feeling of indigestion, heartburn or choking
- Shortness of breath, fatigue or extreme
- Sudden excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Women experience different symptoms than men when suffering a
heart attack. Learn more about our women’s heart health services.
Diagnosing a Heart Attack
We use the latest equipment and techniques to diagnose your
condition and prevent further damage to your heart. First, we examine you for
signs and symptoms and take your medical and family history into account.
Your physician may recommend any of the following tests to confirm
a heart attack:
Learn more about heart and
at Wake Forest.
Heart Attack Treatment at Wake Forest
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has a Level I Trauma Center – that means we have the
advanced technology and specialized team necessary to dream all
life-threatening conditions, such as heart attack. Our expert triage team
immediately accesses every patient and begins immediate treatment, which may
- Medications: Blood thinners (anticoagulants)
or clot-busting drugs (thrombolytics)
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
If you have suffered a heart attack, our team will work with you
throughout recovery to manage your heart disease. Learn more about our heart health services and
Managing a Heart Attack at Wake Forest Baptist
Treating risk factors for heart disease is the best way to prevent
a heart attack. To decrease your heart attack risk, you'll need to eat a
heart-healthy diet and exercise regularly. Your doctor may prescribe
medications to help reduce cholesterol and to control your blood pressure and
diabetes. Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, can also help to reduce
your risk of heart attack.
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