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We found 4 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept Medicare near Lincolnton, NC.

Dr. Melony Kednocker Covington, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
441 Mcalister Road; Suite 2100
Lincolnton, NC
 

Dr. Melony Covington specializes in adult cardiology. Her areas of expertise include the following: atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Covington takes Medicare insurance. She studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Covington trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. Her distinctions include: Honors in Medicine Acting Internship, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC and Math & Science Scholarship, University of South Carolina. She is affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System.

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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 medical specialist in adult cardiology. Dr. Shah attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). His areas of expertise include atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). He accepts Medicare insurance. He has received the distinction of NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program. Dr. Shah's hospital/clinic affiliations include Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln and Carolinas Medical Center-University.

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

Dr. Ramon Anastacio practices adult cardiology in Lincolnton, NC. His clinical interests include atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Anastacio accepts Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and then went on to complete his residency at The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Anastacio has received the following distinction: NCQA Heart/Stroke Recognition Program. He is professionally affiliated with Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, and Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville.

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

Dr. Karen Cloninger is a physician who specializes in adult cardiology. Her areas of expertise include atherosclerosis, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Cloninger is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Her education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency 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.