Heart Attack Specialist

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD -  - Cardiology

Summit Medical Associates LLC

Bhaktavatsala R Apuri, MD

Cardiology located in Fort Wayne, IN & Topeka, IN

Most people survive their first heart attack, but you should take the medical emergency as an opportunity to re-evaluate your habits and improve your cardiovascular health. Board-certified cardiologist Bhaktavatsala Apuri, MD, specializes in heart attack prevention and recovery at Summit Medical Associates LLC in Fort Wayne and Topeka, Indiana. To learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack or receive individualized treatment after a heart attack, call Summit Medical Associates LLC, or request an appointment online today.

Heart Attack Q & A

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, is a serious medical emergency that happens when your heart muscle lacks oxygenated blood. More time without oxygenated blood in your heart means more lasting damage to the muscle, so you should get medical care right away if you notice symptoms consistent with a heart attack. 

What causes a heart attack?

Some causes of heart attack are lifestyle factors that are within your control. Others are genetic, meaning they come from your family lineage, and there isn’t much you can do to change them. 

Heart attacks happen when one of the arteries in your heart gets blocked, often due to fatty deposits of cholesterol that build up in your arteries over time and make them narrower. That is called coronary artery disease, and it’s closely linked to your diet and behaviors. However, you might be at an increased risk if you have family members with coronary artery disease.

Another common cause of heart attack is a spasm of your heart’s muscle. Heart muscle spasms can halt blood flow in some cases. Tobacco use and illicit drug use can both lead to such spasms. 

What are the warning signs of a heart attack?

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack is very important in the event you or someone you know has one. You should seek medical attention right away if you or a loved one experience symptoms of a heart attack like:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Neck or jaw discomfort
  • Pain or pressure in the arms
  • Shortness of breath (with or without chest discomfort)
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness or fainting

In some cases, heart attack symptoms appear very suddenly and are intense. Other times, they start quite mild and gradually get worse. Men are more likely than women to experience chest pain as a primary heart attack symptom; women are more likely to experience other symptoms like upper body discomfort or shortness of breath during a heart attack. 

How can I prevent a heart attack or recover after a heart attack?

At Summit Medical Associates LLC, Dr. Apuri works with you to manage heart disease to prevent or recover after a heart attack and prevent further complications. He works with you to build a personalized heart health management plan, which might involve:

  • Physical activity
  • Habit changes (e.g., smoking cessation)
  • Stress relief counseling
  • A healthier diet
  • Prescribed medications
  • Health education
  • Coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • Coronary bypass surgery

Your initial visit and follow-ups at Summit Medical Associates LLC might involve tests like stress tests or echocardiograms so Dr. Apuri can make sure your heart is functioning efficiently with treatment. 

Whether you’ve had a heart attack or think you might be at risk, Dr. Apuri can help you improve your cardiovascular health. To set up an appointment, call the office or request a visit online today.