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

Dr. Radha Kachhy is an adult cardiologist. Dr. Kachhy (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Dr. Kachhy is affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital. Dr. Kachhy studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kachhy trained at Duke University Medical Center for Dr. Kachhy's residency. Dr. Kachhy is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Dr. Kachhy has received professional recognition including the following: AOA, Baylor College of Medicine.

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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 is an adult cardiology specialist. Dr. Peterson is professionally affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Peterson include: 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 a cardiologist in Raleigh, NC, Morrisville, NC, and Durham, NC. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. Before performing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Liao attended Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Liao is professionally affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital.

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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 is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Dr. Mills takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Humana ChoiceCare Network, and more. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is professionally 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 sees patients in Morrisville, NC and Raleigh, NC. His medical specialty is adult cardiology. Dr. Robinson is professionally affiliated with Duke Raleigh Hospital. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Robinson trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Humana ChoiceCare Network, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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.
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