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Introduction The Heart Attack Patient Guide is a simple explanation of what a person is likely to experience when having a heart attack. The guide describes how a person is treated immediately during the attack, upon arrival at the hospital, to months and years later. The first part of the guide discusses the basics of heart function, heart attack symptoms, emergency care, medications, tests and treatments performed in the hospital. The second part is a comprehensive guide that covers short-term recovery in the cardiac care unit of the hospital, including details about bypass and angioplasty recovery, discharge from the hospital, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise, long-term recovery, medication, depression, and lifestyle modification. Heart function The heart works as a muscular pump with blood vessels leading in and out. The blood flows from your lungs, where it picks up oxygen, into the pump (your heart) and is pumped out to the rest of the body. Once the blood has delivered...
Lisa Nelson RD : Dr. Shelby-Lane took the time to provide more detail on the symptoms of heart disease related to women, as well as, the signs/symptoms of a heart attack and stroke.
Dr. Shelby-Lane: Symptoms related to heart disease in women are as follows:
Women do need to pay attention to symptoms that may be related to heart disease and they need to be able to discern how it is different from stress related disorders and GI disorders.
What are the signs of a heart attack? Most people think it is the Hollywood version where the person grabs their chest and falls over. The truth of the matter is that many heart attacks start with vague and subtle symptoms that may come and go.
According to the American Heart Association, studies show that treatment gaps exist for women with coronary heart disease. The American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines SM initiative is narrowing treatment gaps for women by promoting strategies and tactics to ensu...
How It Happens The heart pumps blood enriched with oxygen and vital nutrients throughout the entire body by way of a network of arteries. The heart itself must also be supplied with oxygen-rich blood in order to perform its job. Heart disease 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.” The fatty buildup can eventually close the arteries off, or, if the fatty deposit breaks, a blot clot can form, which can also block the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart. As a result, the heart becomes badly damaged due to tissue death from lack of oxygen. Common Symptoms Chest Pain Cold sweats, shortness of breath and lightheadedness Heart attack Coronary heart disease commonly leads to heart attack. If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 or contact your emergency response system immediately. Learn more about heart a...
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