Atlanta, Ga. (September 20, 2013) – Quadruple board-certified cardiologist Atul Trivedi, M.D., who recently joined Piedmont Heart of Snellville, is on a mission to help local residents increase their chances of survival if a heart attack strikes.
“I tell my patients that the first and arguably most important line of defense is to know your family history of heart disease,” said Dr. Trivedi, who is board-certified in vascular and endovascular medicine and general, interventional and nuclear cardiology. “Often times, we learn a lot about what a patient may be at risk for just by knowing who in his or her family has suffered from heart disease in the past.”
The second step, Trivedi says, is to evaluate risk factors by taking a simple quiz like the one available on piedmontheart.org. Then, familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a heart attack that include:
• Chest pain or discomfort. Feelings of pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain that usually present in the center of the chest and last longer than a few minutes. Sometimes, the discomfort can go away and come back.
• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
• Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Trivedi cautions patients, namely women, not to overlook the more subtle symptoms if they do not experience any chest pain or discomfort.
“When people think of heart attacks, they immediately think of excruciating chest pain like we see in the movies,” said Dr. Trivedi. “This isn’t always the case, especially for women. Feelings of nausea, lightheadedness, jaw pain, and upper back pain are also quite common. When patients experience this, it is important that they do not attempt to drive themselves to the emergency room and instead, call 9-1-1 right away.”
Prior to joining Piedmont Heart of Snellville, Dr. Trivedi was a physician practicing interventional cardiology, vascular and endovascular medicine at Medical Associates of North Georgia. He is the third cardiologist to join Piedmont Heart of Snellville since it opened.
Dr. Trivedi earned his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, Maharashtra, India and completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at RFUMS-The Chicago Medical School. He fulfilled his vascular fellowship at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston and his interventional cardiology fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.
Available at Piedmont Heart of Snellville located at 1700 Tree Lane, Suite 190 in Snellville, Ga., Dr. Trivedi welcomes new patients and accepts most insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, call 404-805-9991.