Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Heart Attack

Heart Attack

Signs of a heart attack

1. Chest pain or pressure.This is the most common symptom.But some people especially women, older adults & people with diabetes, may not have chest pain during a heart attack

2. Sweating

3. Shortness of brreath

4. Nausea or vomiting

5. Pain or discomfort in the upper back, upper belly, neck, jaw or arms.

6. Feeling dizzy or lightheaded,

7. Fast or uneven heartbeat

The symptoms of a heart attack usually last longer than 5 minutes & do not go away with rest.

When to call a doctor

Call the helpline if you think you may be having a heart attack.Do not wait to see if you will feel better If an ambulance is not an option, have someone drive you to the hospital.Do not drive yourself.

Call a doctor if you have mild chest pain that does not stop or keeps coming back, and there is no obvious cause.

A heart attack occurs when one or more of the coronary arteries are blocked and blood cannot flow through.The coronary arteries carry blood to the heart.They can be blocked when plaque inside the artery breaks open and a blood clot forms.

Many people mistake a heart attack for anopther problem. Such as heartburn or a pulled muscle.It is important to recognize the signals your body sends during the early stages of a heart attack and get help. Quick treatment may reduce the damage caused by a heart attack & may save your life.

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