When it comes to heart attack, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting seen as soon as possible. The key thing to do when you’re having heart pressure is to make sure that you take your time and you get to the doctor. You do not sit there and make phone calls and go other places. You say “I’m going to get to the doctor and I’m going to get there right away.” If you’re a family member, you need to make sure your loved one gets there. Now, why? Because when the heart gets damaged, right now we are not able to re-create heart cells and heart tissues, so we cannot replace the damage. It leads to heart failure.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP