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Heart Clinic FAQ

Questions and Answers about Heart Health

  • Are women at risk for heart attack?

Yes. Heart attacks don’t discriminate by gender. Any woman who experiences symptoms or has multiple risk factors should speak with her physician.

  • How do I find out if I am at risk for cardiac disease?

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.

  • I feel fine, but I have diabetes and am overweight. Should I be worried?

Cardiac disease is often asymptomatic in the early stages. If you have any concerns, make an appointment for testing.

  • My father and grandfather both had heart disease. Does that put me at a greater risk?

Yes, family heredity is a critical factor. Be sure to tell your physician about your family’s cardiac history at your annual exam.

  • Is heart disease something only older people should worry about?

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.

  • How can I tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack?

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 911. Every minute can be critical in preventing further damage.

For more information, call the Heart Clinic at (706) 845-3274.