Martha Grady had pains going up her left arm in 2001. She saw her doctor, who originally told her that it was carpal tunnel. The first cardiologist she saw told her that they didn’t think it was her heart, either. Nonetheless, cardiovascular disease can be sneaky.
Martha requested that a heart catheterization be done- and the day she had it done, she didn’t leave the hospital. The catheterization found five blockages, four of which were eighty-five to ninety-five percent blocked. The doctor placed four stints, and Martha was happy and healthy for 10 years!
In 2021, the pain started up again- and this time Martha’s husband decided to take her to Riverside. Alexandra Ward is a cardiologist with Riverside. She informs us that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, killing one in three women.
Dr. William Overton Harris III tells us about coronary artery disease- where an artery develops plaque. A sequence of events happen after a plaque starts to form, where blood platelets start to stick to the plaque, restricting blood flow through the artery, and sometimes fully blocking the artery. Patients present lots of different symptoms of heart attacks.
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Time is of the essence where the heart muscle is concerned, because the sooner the patient is treated, the more likely it is that the patient will survive the cardiac episode.
Minimize the Risk
Some ways to minimize your risk of having a heart attack are seeing your primary care provider regularly, and seeing a cardiologist as needed. Also knowing your risk factors is important!
Lastly, Martha wants to make sure that you don’t ignore pain or any other symptoms of a heart attack.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms or would like to see a cardiologist, the team at Riverside is amazing and ready to help when you need it.
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