We found 5 providers with an interest in heart attack and who accept Medicare near Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Radha Goel Kachhy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3320 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Radha Kachhy is an adult cardiology specialist. Dr. Kachhy's areas of expertise include stress echo, angina, and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia). Dr. Kachhy takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Kachhy attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kachhy trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Kachhy has received professional recognition including the following: AOA, Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kachhy (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Kachhy is professionally affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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All Interests: Chest Pain, Ultrasound, Stress Echo, Vascular Disease, Hypertension, Exercise, Echocardiogram, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Wilson Peterson, MA, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3320 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. James Peterson's area of specialization is adult cardiology. Dr. Peterson's areas of expertise include the following: heart attack, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). He is affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has received the following distinctions: Highland Medicine Teaching Award, University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency Program and Ernest O. Theilen Award for Excellence in the Card, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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All Interests: Pericarditis, Syncope, Ventricular Tachycardia, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Atrial Fibrillation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lawrence Liao, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3320 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Lawrence Liao works as an adult cardiologist in Raleigh, NC, Morrisville, NC, and Durham, NC. Areas of expertise for Dr. Liao include heart attack, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). He is professionally affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Duke University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He accepts Medicare insurance.

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All Interests: Pericarditis, Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Endocarditis, Chest Pain, Cardiomyopathy, Stress Echo, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Steven Mills, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
3320 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. James Mills' specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. He practices in Raleigh, NC, Morrisville, NC, and Durham, NC. Dr. Mills's clinical interests include stent placement (stenting), heart biopsy, and angina. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Mills attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Chest Pain, Ultrasound, Heart Biopsy, Vascular Disease, Hypertension, Biopsy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Stephen Eric Robinson, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3301 Executive Drive
Raleigh, NC
 

Dr. Stephen Robinson's area of specialization is adult cardiology. He studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Robinson include heart attack, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). Dr. Robinson honors Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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All Interests: Pericarditis, Syncope, Atrial Fibrillation, Endocarditis, Chest Pain, Stress Echo, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

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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.