Quick response to the first signs of a heart attack is the key to saving lives and limiting damage that heart attacks can cause. Heart attack is a frightening event, and none of us do not like to think about it. If we learn how to recognize the signs of heart attack and remember what to do in this case we can save many lives.
Many people believe that the attack happens suddenly like in the movies when a person suddenly is grabbing his heart and falls on the floor. The truth is something different. Heart attack usually begins slowly as a mild pain or just an uneasy feeling.
Even people who have already suffered a heart attack can’t always recognize the symptoms because at the next attack they can totally vary. And if you learn all the symptoms, you should keep in mind that if you are not sure that it was a heart attack, you should consult your doctor and check.
Some people are more likely to get a heart attack because of their risk factors and behaviors that increase the chances that a person will have the condition. Some of the risk factors associated with heart attack are beyond our control. The main risk factors for heart attack and stroke are high blood pressure, cholesterol and blockage of blood vessels with clots.
But unfortunately these medical conditions are often ignored until they give serious consequences, including death. The risk of blood clots increases with age. People who eat a lot of animal foods, fast and fatty foods, industrial products, fried and refined foods, smokers and people who consume alcohol in larger amounts are prone to heart attack.
Heart attacks and strokes are becoming more common in young people also. Unhealthy diet, stress , smoking, lack of physical activity are the most common causes of cardiovascular disease. Breaking out in a cold sweat, feeling nauseous or dizziness, chest discomfort often accompanied by an inability to breathe, abdominal pain, discomfort in one or both arms, neck, back, jaw or stomach are many of the symptoms that are a signal that a heart attack is going to happen.
Pre-cardiac condition is often referred to as unstable angina and it should be treated as in an emergency. If you have a new, worsening or persistent chest discomfort, you should urgently contact your doctor. Symptoms of this condition are strong and long-lasting chest pain that does not decrease even after 15 to 20 minutes. Usually is located in the area of the sternum and spreads to shoulders, and after that pain in one or both arms. It could happen while resting, even sleeping or with little physical exertion. The attacks of pain last longer than a few minutes, and there is also sweating and fatigue.
As for the treatment of pre-cardiac condition, be sure to seek emergency medical attention if you notice symptoms of it, doctor can prescribe a specific therapy.
Oristà nitroglycerin is taken sublingually (under the tongue) and is most usual medicine in the treatment of pre-cardiac condition. Nitroglycerin relaxes coronary arteries and other blood vessels, reduces the amount of blood returning to the heart and eases the load of the heart. If after 20 minutes the pain does not stop, take one tablet of nitroglycerin. If this does not help, it is necessary to urgently go to the nearest hospital – because there is a risk of acute myocardial infarction.
You can have a heart attack without any pain in your chest. Heart failure and heart disease do not show the same signs for everyone, especially for women. Patients usually describe the feeling of discomfort often as if an elephant is sitting on their chest. The pain and tightness can radiate and in other parts of the body. Most people report pain of a heart attack that radiates down the left arm. It can happen, but pain can occurs in other locations, including: upper abdomen, shoulder, back, throat, teeth or jaw.
The human body is able to send the warning signs days or even weeks before a heart attack and their identification can save your life. However, statistics show that one in five heart attacks come without warning, and even 65 percent of people do not recognize the warning signs in time.
Atypical symptoms of a heart attack are more common in women and occurs in the form of pain in other organs, egg. The arm, neck, jaw, stomach, shortness of breath… Even more reason to ignore these symptoms is their short duration and periodic repeating. These symptoms may occur a month before the attack.
The factors that you cannot control are the existence of earlier coronary heart problems, including heart attack, angioplasty, angina or bypass. Age is an important factor as it is found that in men the risk increases after 50 and in women after 55 years. Heart disease in the family – your chance to have heart problems significantly grow.
The factors that you can control: smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, high levels of cholesterol in the blood, overweight and obesity.