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 ...
Pressure in the middle of my chest.
I feel like I can’t breathe in all the way.
My left arm feels funny.
My back hurts.
My heart is beating really fast.
This was me last Sunday. I spent some time lost in feeling crappy, but then my brain finally kicked in. In February, I wrote a post about women and heart attack , so I looked it up. Lo and behold, my symptoms sounded very much like those experienced by women when having a heart attack.
On the other hand, there was also other explanations for my symptoms. I just got out of a week with very high pain levels, during which I had taken more of the “big painkillers.” They are notoriously hard on my stomach and my GERD had been acting up. When it does, I often experience the sensation of pressure and back pain. As well, I’d been on a lovely walk in the woods the day before during which I took a lot of photographs and my left shoulder was feeling the effects. Lastly, I was exhausted fr...
Obesity is a major risk factor for numerous diseases including heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. More importantly, obesity is closely related to multiple health conditions that underlie cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure and abnormal blood cholesterol.
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, and is calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems. In a recent study released by the CDC , during the period between 1985 and 2009 only the state of Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity of less than 20%. It is fairly clear that the U.S. is suffering an epidemic of obesity.
Scientists have long suspected that excess weight, especially around the waist, has a directly negative affect on heart structure and function, even in the absence of other heart disease risks. To test their theory, the research...
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