A blockage in the heart's arteries may reduce or completely cut off the blood supply to a portion of the heart. This can cause a blood clot to form and totally stop blood flow in a coronary artery, resulting in a heart attack (also called an acute myocardial infarction or MI). Irreversible injury to the heart muscle usually occurs if medical help is not received promptly. Unfortunately, it is common for people to dismiss heart attack symptoms. What are the warning signs of a heart attack ? The American Heart Association and other medical experts say the body likely will send one or more of these warning signals of a heart attack : Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes. Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain may be mild to intense. It may feel like pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. It may be located in the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the ar...
Research indicates that colder weather during the winter months can actually result in an increase in cardiovascular events, particularly if you already have high blood pressure . With coronary heart disease being the number one killer in America, and stroke being number three, it's clear that we need to be vigilant and take any precautions we can. The good news is that you can reduce your risk factors significantly by simply knowing the warning signs, and by responding quickly. The American Heart Association advise that those who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, such as lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. They caution that walking through heavy, wet snow or snowdrifts can put added strain on the heart. To keep warm, it is best to wear layers of clothing, and a hat or headscarf if you plan to go outdoors. Heart Attack Just thinking about having a heart attack can be particularly frightening, however if you learn the warning ...
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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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
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