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
damage to the he...
Does the rate of heart attack and other heart emergencies increase during sporting events? That's the questions asked by researchers in a study ( http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/358/5/475 ) published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. They determined that soccer fans experienced more than double the number of heart attacks while watching televised matches of the 2006 World Cup soccer championships in Munich, Germany, compared to other times of the year. (The World Cup is Europe's soccer equivalent of America's Super Bowl, the one sports event that builds fan momentum until the big game.) Only half of the people going to the hospital had a known history of heart disease. That means that the other half had no idea that heart disease was lurking in them. It took the excitement of the game to unmask it. It makes sense: The adrenaline-buzzed excitement that builds during the game, often compounded by smoking, drinkin...
Alternative Names First aid - heart attack; First aid - cardiopulmonary arrest; First aid - cardiac arrest Prevention Adults should take steps to control heart disease risk factors whenever possible. If you smoke, quit. Smoking more than doubles the chance of developing heart disease . Keep blood pressure , cholesterol, and diabetes in good control and follow your doctor's orders. Lose weight if obese or overweight. Get regular exercise to improve heart health. (Talk to your doctor before starting any new fitness program.) Eat a heart-healthy diet. Limit saturated fats, red meat, and sugars. Increase your intake of chicken, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Your health care provider can help you tailor a diet specific to your needs. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. One drink a day is associated with reducing the rate of heart attacks, but two or more drinks a day can damage the heart and cause other medical problems. References Hollander JE. Acute coronary syndromes. Acut...
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