Heart Attack

Heart Attack Treatment

Heart attacks can occur without warning and are a leading cause of death worldwide. The key to managing this critical situation is fast recognition and response. At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we are here to provide the knowledge you need to identify and react to heart attack symptoms swiftly. Our team offers comprehensive heart attack treatment from the critical first moments to the recovery phase. 

Recognizing a Heart Attack

Knowing the warning signs of heart attacks can be the difference between life and death. Common symptoms include:

  • Chest pain: Often described as a feeling of squeezing, fullness, or pain in the middle of the chest lasting for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Shortness of breath: This aspect may occur with or without chest discomfort and is a serious symptom.
  • Other symptoms: These may include nausea, cold sweat, lightheadedness, or discomfort in the arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

Sometimes, heart attack symptoms can be subtle, especially in women. They might experience symptoms like fatigue, a general sense of unease, or even flu-like symptoms. Recognizing these signs early and seeking immediate medical help can improve survival rates and ensure an accurate heart attack diagnosis.

First Aid Tips for a Suspected Heart Attack

If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, immediate action can save their life. Here’s what to do:

  • Call for emergency medical help immediately: Don’t wait to see if the symptoms go away. Time is critical.
  • Make the person sit down, rest, and try to keep calm: Limit any physical activity to minimize the heart’s workload.
  • Loosen any tight clothing: This can help ease breathing.
  • If the person is not allergic and it's available, offer aspirin: Chewing slowly on an aspirin might help thin the blood and improve blood flow to the heart.
  • If the person is unconscious, begin CPR: If you are trained, you can provide hands-on CPR with chest compressions of 100 to 120 a minute until paramedics arrive.

Do not leave the person alone except to call for help. Every minute matters.

Recovery and Rehabilitation After a Heart Attack

Recovery and rehabilitation can vary substantially based on the severity of the heart attack and the individual’s general health. Rehabilitation typically includes:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation: A supervised program to help improve cardiovascular health through exercise, health education, and stress reduction.
  • Medication: Patients may need to take medications to manage heart disease and prevent complications.
  • Lifestyle changes: Implementing heart-healthy lifestyle choices is important. This includes eating a quality diet, maintaining healthy weight levels, avoiding smoking, and getting regular exercise.
Heart Attack
Heart Attack

Preventing a Second Heart Attack

Once you’ve had a heart attack, the chances of having another are higher. However, there are proactive steps you can take to lower your risk:

  • Follow your treatment plan: Adhering to the prescribed medication and therapy plan is vital.
  • Monitor your heart health: Regular check-ups with your local cardiologist can detect problems before they become severe.
  • Stay active and eat healthy: Focus on heart-healthy foods and regular physical activity.
  • Manage stress: Learn stress management methods such as mindfulness, meditation, or therapy to improve your heart health.

Do You Need Professional Heart Attack Treatment?

Are you concerned about the condition of your heart or recently received a heart attack diagnosis? At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we are committed to your long-term health. Our preventive strategies and personalized care ensure you have the support you need to lead a heart-healthy life. A heart attack is a life-changing event, but it can also be a catalyst for positive life changes. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help or information about maintaining a healthy heart or to schedule an appointment.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair