Risk Assessment

Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack or Stroke?

You’ve probably heard a lot about cardiac disease, but you may not know how to assess your own risk factors.

Risk factors include:

If any of these risk factors apply to you, you should make an appointment with a cardiac specialist at the West Georgia Heart Clinic at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. We offer many diagnostic tests that can determine your heart health and the risk of heart attack or stroke.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack, medically known as a myocardial infarction or MI, occurs when blood flow is cut off to part of the heart muscle, causing that part of muscle to stop working.

Signs of a heart attack may include:

If you, or someone you are with, experiences these symptoms, call 911 immediately! The sooner the patient arrives at the hospital, the better the chance for recovery.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is blocked. This can happen due to a clot or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting oxygen flow. In either case, the oxygen-deprived part of the brain begins to die.

Signs of a stroke may include:

If you, or someone you are with, experiences these symptoms, call 911 immediately. The sooner the patient arrives at the hospital, the better the chances for recovery.

Tips for a Heart Healthy Life

Start taking steps to ensure your heart health today.

For more ideas about reducing your cardiac disease risk factors, visit the American Heart Association website.

For more information, call the Heart Clinic at (706) 845-3274.

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