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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...
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's muscular walls, also called the myocardium, must also be supplied with oxygen-rich blood in order to perform its job. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the myocardium 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 hear...
A heart attack doesn't always strike out of the blue. Often, there are unusual symptoms in the days and weeks leading up to an attack.
It's not surprising that many people don't recognize these symptoms, however, since some of them may not be ones you expect, in fact, some are actually quite strange indeed.
So, what are some of these strange symptoms, which you should be aware of?
1. Jaw, Ear, Neck, or Shoulder Pain
Sharp pain in the chest and arm is an indicator of heart attack, however you may instead feel pain in your neck or shoulder area. Another area where pain is experienced is between the shoulder blades.
One way to know it's not just muscle pain, is if the pain comes and goes, rather than persisting unrelieved.
If you notice the pain seems to move around, it's important to talk to your doctor.
2. Exhaustion or Fatigue
We all get tired from time to time, but if you have experienced crushing or extreme fatigue in t...
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