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Dr. Ramon Martinez Anastacio, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
441 Mcalister Road; Suite 2100
Lincolnton, NC
 

Dr. Ramon Anastacio sees patients in Lincolnton, NC. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Anastacio's residency was performed at The Miriam Hospital. His areas of expertise include atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program. Dr. Anastacio's professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.

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Dr. Sanjeev Pravin Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
441 Mcalister Road; Lincoln Medical Plaza Ii
Lincolnton, NC
 

Dr. Sanjeev Shah is a Lincolnton, NC physician who specializes in adult cardiology. His areas of expertise include the following: atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Shah studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). Dr. Shah has received the following distinction: NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and Carolinas Medical Center-University.

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Dr. Karen Gail Cloninger, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
441 Mcalister Road; Suite 2100
Lincolnton, NC
 

Dr. Karen Cloninger's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Cloninger include atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). She takes Medicare insurance. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Her professional affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln.

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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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