Published on February 28, 2014
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK
Heart attacks are the leading killer of both men and women in the United States, with more than 1 million Americans suffering heart attacks each year. A heart attack, also called Myocardial Infarction (MI), is permanent damage to the heart muscle and can be fatal. "Myo" means muscle, "cardial" refers to the heart, and "infarction" means death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. The recent death of actor James Gandolfini (51) ,who was best known for his role as Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit show The Sopranos, died suddenly of a heart attack has thrust the perils of heart disease back into the spotlight. Heath attack and Strokes are life and death emergency situations where every second counts. In many patients, symptoms are shown much earlier and if you seem to have noted it, better consult a doctor or call 911 for help, as there are lots of new drugs that save your life if given at the right time.
What happens during a heart attack? A heart attack usually occurs when the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle which becomes “starved” for oxygen, and the heart’s cells die.
TYPES OF HEART ATTACK
1. Rheumatic heart disease It is caused by one or more outbreak of rheumatic fever, which damages the heart. In few cases, the infection affects the heart and may result in scarring the valves, weakening the heart muscle, or damaging the sac enclosing the heart. 2. Hypertensive heart disease Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart problems that occur because of high blood pressure. It may overburden the heart and blood vessels and cause disease. These problems include Coronary artery disease and angina, Heart Failure, Thickening of the heart muscle. 3. Ischemic heart disease These are heart syndrome caused by the narrowing of the coronary pathway, which will diminish the blood supply to the heart.
4. Cerebrovascular disease It’s a condition which alters the blood flow to the brain, causing limited or no blood flow to the affected areas of the brain. 5. Inflammatory heart disease These diseases pertain to inflammation of the heart muscles. It may be caused by bacterial, viral or fungal infection or from an internal peculiarity. This type of inflammation is often associated with episodes of rheumatic fever and Kawasaki disease. How to overcome heart attacks? Every year, large numbers of Americans survives heart attacks, get back to work and live a better quality of life. If you get help quickly, treatment can limit damage to your heart muscle. The following factors and preventions below will help you better understand what to do and how you can get started on the road to recovery.
MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR A HEART ATTACK
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL
LACK OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK
CHEST PAIN OR DISCOMFORT
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
OVERWHELMING SENSE OF ANXIETY
Upper body discomfort including one or both arms, the back, the neck, the jaw or the upper part of the stomach
PREVENTING A HEART ATTACK
Visit your doctor regularly and keep current on tests and blood work so you know the state of your health.
Few minutes of meditation everyday will help manage your risk factors.
SIMPLE CHANGES IN LIFESTYLE MAY LOWER YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE
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