Heart Disease

Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Tom


What Is A Heart Attack ?

In United States, Heart attacks are a leading killer of both female and male.

Heart attack refers to long-lasting damage done to heart muscle by a sudden loss of blood supply. Coronary heart disease (CHD) , which often results in heart attacks, is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis appears when plaque builds up in the arteries. Finally, an artery is ruptured which causes a blood clot to take shape on the plaque’s surface. If the clot becomes big enough, it is far more likely that a coronary artery is blocked. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the portion of heart muscle fed by the artery begins to die. A sever spasm of a coronary artery is a less common cause of heart attack.

Acting fast at the first sign of heart attack symptoms can save your life and limit damage to your heart.

Heart attack symptoms include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort. This involves uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center or left side of the chest that can be mild or strong. This discomfort or pain often lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or sudden dizziness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.
  • Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), and lack of energy.

Treatment works best when it’s given right after symptoms occur.

Tips for heart attack treatment

1. Call 9-1-1 for help immediately when you think you or others be having a heart attack

2. Do not drive to hospital or let others drive you which may waste time to begin life-saving treatment

3. Take a nitroglycerin pill if your doctor prescribed before

About 1.2 million people in the United States have heart stacks, many of them die and many more people could survive or recover better from heart attacks if they got help faster.

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