Dr. Morris Kelley, Interventional Cardiologist, Discusses Heart Attack Awareness

As seen on KATV
 
Dr. Morris Kelley, Interventional Cardiologist with CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, talks about the symptoms, risks and treatments for heart disease. Do not delay getting evaluated if you have any symptoms related to your heart. Listen to your body and if you are not able to do the things you were before, it could be your heart.

Central Arkansas has a higher rate of heart disease including strokes and any kind of other kind of vascular disease than most areas in the country.

What does a heart look like?
I'm sure it's different for everyone. We worry about people having heart attacks when they exert themselves or are under extra stress. Those kind of things can lead to
a heart attack. We really believe that a lot of it has to do an inflammation in the heart arteries and so you have a blockage that gets inflamed and then either some sort of stress physical stress or emotional stress can lead to that artery become inflamed and
and developing a heart attack.

What should people be looking out for? What should they pay attention to?
Any symptoms that get worse when you exert yourself, whether it be chest pain,
shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, palpitations, nausea, anything
like that either when you climbing a flight of stairs or you're carrying something heavy across the parking lot.

Learn more about the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute