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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...
Medications Aspirin and Other Anti-Clotting Drugs Anti-clotting drugs that inhibit or break up blood clots are used at every stage of heart disease. They are generally classified as either antiplatelets or anticoagulants. Appropriate anticlotting medications are started immediately in all patients. Such drugs are sometimes used along with thrombolytics, and also as on-going maintenance to prevent a heart attack. All anti-clotting therapies carry the risk of bleeding, which can lead to dangerous situations, including stroke. Anti-Platelet Drugs . These drugs inhibit blood platelets from sticking together, and therefore help to prevent clots. Platelets are very small disc-shaped blood cells that are important for blood-clotting. Aspirin. Aspirin is an antiplatelet drug. An aspirin should be taken immediately after a heart attack begins. It can be either swallowed or chewed, but chewing provides more rapid benefit. If the patient has not taken an aspirin at home, it will be given at the hospi...
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