What is a true cardiac and event?
A true cardiovascular event is in essence a consequence of an atherosclerotic plaque (cholesterol) or thrombotic (blood clot) obstructing a critical artery either in the heart (myocardial infarction or heart attack), brain (Cerebrovascular accident; CVA or stroke) or carotid arteries.
Certainly any artery can be affected and the type and outcome of all cardiovascular “events” is too large of a scope to cover here. Most chronic disease we may face though has a cardiovascular or CV equivalent process involved that is damaging an organ hence making us ill. Many of these events, as in the data presented above, lead to major death and disability in the U.S. and globally.
What to do
When in doubt, the best medical advice again is to go immediately to have a complete health evaluation preferably at a “Cardiac Hospital” one with a recognized cardiac care center.
As my cardiologists told me as he counseled me to take medication for my hypertension, you don’t want to be that doctor whose headstone reads: “Would not follow his own advice”.
For more information on “Not All Chest Pain is Created Equal” we'll follow with Part II of our series where we provide a preventive medicine solution to assist you in achieving optimal health.
The objective of this series is to spotlight topics small business owners need to discuss with their physician's. It's sole purpose is to encourage small business owners to make the time to address their health by setting up an appointment with a qualified recognized cardiac health professional.
About the author
Dr. Eduardo Montaña is a Preventive Pediatric Cardiologists and Lipidologist who in 2001 founded Children’s Cardiovascular Medicine, a private practice in the Metropolitan Atlanta area covering the needs of the infants, children and adolescents throughout the State Georgia.
He currently serves as a National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)/National Hispanic Medical Foundation (NHMF) Physician Leadership Fellow in Washington DC where he participates in developing policy initiatives related to Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate healthcare Services (CLAS) for Latino Communities.
He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Health Care Coalition of Georgia (HHCCG) supporting initiatives at addressing Obesity and Diabetes in Latino Communities through Health Education and Promotion Services.
Dr. Montaña completed both his training in Preventive Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine as well as his Masters of Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health.
In the early nineties, Dr. Montaña was awarded and completed an appointment at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion in the Epidemiology Intelligence Service in Birth Defects Surveillance. He later served on faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.
Dr. Montaña earned his MBA in Healthcare Administration and Management from University of Colorado Executive Health Care Business School. He remains committed to positively impacting educational and health care disparities in Latin American youth.