If you think may be experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack,
do not wait to see if they go away. If you experience discomfort or
pain in the chest, unusual shortness of breath (especially if you
are a woman), heart palpitations, discomfort in the arms, back,
neck or jaw, bluish fingernails, nausea (women) or lightheadedness,
or have another condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure,
call 911 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
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What to Do If You Think You Are Having a Heart
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Tell the operator you think you are
having a heart attack. The first three to six hours after the onset
of a heart attack are critical. It is important to get medical
attention at once. Delaying medical attention can lead to permanent
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How It Happens A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked due to fatty material building up in the arteries and eventually closing them off. This process is called atherosclerosis , or “hardening of the arteries.” As a result, the heart becomes badly damaged due to tissue death from lack of oxygen. Common Symptoms Chest Pain, usually radiating toward the left shoulder and arm. The arm may be tingling or numb. Nausea, vomiting Cold sweats, shortness of breath and lightheadedness Feeling of indigestion Dizziness, weakness, and fainting Abdominal pain If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 or contact your emergency response system immediately. Learn more about heart attack symptoms. Why It Happens There are many contributing factors that can to heart attack. Some factors can be controlled, such as lifestyle choices, including: Cholesterol Blood pressure Exercise Healthy Diet Smoking Controlling other health conditions ...
Why do people have a heart attack and why can't a doctor always tell who will have a heart attack? One of the best descriptions that I ever heard for atherosclerosis likened it to acne. Although my first thought was "yuck", but when you think of it, atherosclerosis, like acne is a systemic problem of inflammation. Treating a single pimple, breakout or a single coronary artery plaque is not sufficient to treat the whole problem. This helps to explain the problem that doctors have. We may know that you have acne, but we can't predict where the first pimple will be. We also may know that you have plaque in your coronary arteries, but we can't tell when the first plaque will fissure or break, causing a heart attack. How do doctors know that you have arteriosclerosis? Even at the young age 18, we begin to see changes related to cholesterol deposits in the arteries of people on a western diet. We cannot see these changes with normally-used diagnostic te...
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