Your overall cardiac risk can be measured by any number of diagnostic tests. If you think you may be at risk, schedule an appointment with your physician.
Cardiac disease is often asymptomatic in the early stages. If you have any concerns, make an appointment for testing.
Yes, family history is a critical factor. Be sure to tell your physician about your family’s cardiac history at your annual exam.
Cardiac disease is more common as we age, but it can occur in young people as well. If you have any of the risk factors or symptoms, check with your physician immediately.
Heartburn generally produces a burning sensation. A person having a heart attack will feel prolonged pain or pressure in the chest area, often accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. If you are unsure, always err on the side of caution and call 995. Every minute can be critical in preventing further damage.
The many symptoms of heart attack include:

– fatigue,

– weakness,

– shortness of breath,

– dizziness,

– palpitations,

– chest discomfort and/or pain,

– chest heaviness,

– nausea,

– vomiting, and

– pain that radiates to the jaw, arm, or throat.

Sometimes heart disease causes no symptoms at all.

People with the symptoms above persisting for more than 10 minutes should call 995 immediately for emergency medical care. Your doctor should be notified for symptoms lasting less than 10 minutes. Urgent evaluation and care is key in preventing injury and death.

Smoking is a major risk for several diseases including heart disease, stroke, and several cancers. Even low-tar cigarettes and light smoking can increase the risk of heart disease substantially. There are now several alternative approaches to helping people stop smoking. These include nicotine-replacement patches and gum as well as oral medication.
A diet that is balanced among all the main food groups, with fat content making up no more than 30 percent of calories and most of that fat being unsaturated. I would not advise patients to eat a diet that is restricted in carbohydrates or fruits and vegetables, because this may adversely affect vitamin intake and blood cholesterol.
Heart disease can manifest as chest pain, tightness or discomfort. Sometimes even shortness of breath can be a symptom of a heart attack. Any unusual restriction in your activity could be a warning sign of heart disease. Dizziness or a fast or irregular heart beat is another symptom.