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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
84 North Main Street
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Samuel Hahn practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology in New Haven, CT and Branford, CT. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. His medical residency was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. Patient reviews placed Dr. Hahn at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hahn is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Down Syndrome, Women's Heart Disease, Nuclear Stress Test, Holter ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
11 Harrison Avenue
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Jeptha Curtis' medical specialty is adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Curtis takes Great-West Healthcare, MultiPlan, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and performed his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Curtis is professionally affiliated with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Yale New Haven Health System.

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All Interests: Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Attack, Peripheral Vascular Disease

Specializes in Adult Cardiology
144 North Main Street; Suite 300
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Ron Nudel works as an adult cardiologist. Dr. Nudel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Hebrew and Spanish. Dr. Nudel is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Patients gave Dr. Nudel an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
11 Harrison Avenue
Branford, CT
 

Dr. Christopher Howes practices adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Howes include coronary angioplasty (PTCA), heart attack, and echocardiogram (echo). He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Howes is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and a graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital's residency program.

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All Interests: Echocardiogram, Heart Problems, Coronary Angioplasty, Heart Attack, Cardiac Catheterization

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What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack is a serious medical event that happens when the blood supplying oxygen to the heart is cut off, usually because of a blockage in an artery. This results in damage or death of part of the heart muscle. The heart can heal, but like any part of the body that was injured it leaves a scar. This scar tissue does not contract effectively, so the ability of the heart to pump is lowered after a heart attack.

A heart attack, sometimes called a myocardial infarction, can happen without warning. However there are certain factors that raise the risk of heart attack. Some of these are:
  • Age
  • Gender (most heart attack sufferers are male)
  • A family history of heart attacks
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy lifestyle choices (lack of exercise, poor diet, too much alcohol or stress)

Heart attacks typically feel like pain or pressure in the chest that can radiate out to the back, arm, or jaw. Some other symptoms can include fatigue or weakness, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea.

Treatment aims to increase blood flow to the heart muscle by opening up blocked blood vessels. Medications are sometimes used to dissolve clots in the arteries. Aspirin and other medications such as Plavix can thin the blood and make clots less likely to form. Dilators can widen blood vessels to make room for more blood to flow. Doctors can also use a procedure called catheterization to look at the blood vessels around the heart directly, place stents, or widen vessels using angioplasty. In extreme cases bypass surgery can be used to help blood flow better. After recovery, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle and take any prescribed medications in order to protect the heart.
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