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    How do I know if I’m having a heart attack? And what should I do if I think I’m having one?

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    How do I know if I’m having a heart attack?

    We’re doing much better at treating acute heart attacks now. We like to get patients in the cath lab and open up the blocked artery that causes a heart attack. The thing we still have a problem with is that patients don’t seek treatment early enough. If there’s any advice I can give you is, if you get discomfort, shortness of breath, some sudden change, don’t wait around to see how you’re going to do. Get to the emergency room, so that you can be evaluated, because time is really critical and sitting around waiting to see what’s going to happen is the wrong approach.

    – George Vetrovec, M.D., FSCAI
       Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center Pauley Heart Center