Coronary Artery Disease Specialist

Elite Veins NY

Bradley Radwaner, MD, FACC

Vein Specialist located in New York, NY

Every year in the United States, about 715,000 people have a heart attack, according to the CDC. For over 60% of people having a heart attack, it is the first symptom of vascular disease. That’s about one heart attack every 44 seconds. Knowing your heart attack risks is an important part of preventing an attack and maintaining good cardiovascular health. For over 25 years, Dr. Radwaner has been providing state of the art blood testing and imaging to determine individualized cardiovascular risk profiles and a personalized program of prevention. And if you’ve already had a heart attack, seeing a top cardiologist regularly is critically important for avoiding another episode. At New York Cardiovascular Prevention & Vein Center, PLLC, Dr. Bradley Radwaner provides comprehensive heart attack prevention and care for patients throughout the NewNew York City area. To schedule your evaluation, call the office or use our online system.

Heart Attack Prevention Q & A

What causes a heart attack?

Just like any other organ, your heart needs oxygen-rich blood to function properly. When the flow of blood is blocked or interrupted, you can have a heart attack. Most heart attacks occur when sticky plaques collect inside your coronary arteries causing “clogged” areas that slow down the flow of blood. Less commonly, spasms inside your arteries can interrupt the flow of blood in your heart. These spasms are caused by a chronic condition called Prinzmetal angina. Heart attacks can vary in severity and in the amount of damage they cause.

What risk factors are associated with heart attacks?

While anyone can have a heart attack, some risk factors can make you more prone to heart attacks. These risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Older age
  • History of smoking or heavy alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Family history of heart disease

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle or consume a diet high in sodium and fat, you are also at an increased risk for heart attacks.

What are the signs or symptoms of a heart attack?

If you are having a heart attack you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Pressure or “heavy” sensations in the chest
  • Pain that radiates into the left arm
  • Pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, or back
  • Heavy perspiration
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Intense fatigue
  • Sudden dizziness

Does a heart attack always cause chest pain and pressure?

While chest pain, left arm pain, and chest pressure are the most common symptoms associated with heart attacks, not everyone experiences a heart attack in the same way. What’s more, you can easily overlook heart attack symptoms or confuse them with symptoms of indigestion or overexertion. That’s why it’s very important to contact your cardiologist right away if you have any unusual symptoms like those listed above.

What is angiography?

Angiography is a minimally-invasive procedure that evaluates your heart function, to assess your heart after a heart attack. This procedure looks for areas of blockage inside your coronary arteries, the vessels that supply your heart with blood.

During angiography, Dr. Radwaner inserts a very thin, flexible catheter into an artery in your groin, armpit, or neck. Then he guides the catheter to the arteries near your heart. He uses special imaging X-rays to guide the catheter. Once the catheter is in position, a dye is injected into the area to highlight your vessels and your heart and to assess the blood flow. If a blockage is found, Dr. Radwaner might decide to do an angioplasty to compress the build-up of plaques and enlarge the opening. Usually, he also inserts a special mesh support called a stent in the affected area of the artery to keep it open.