Information On Heart Attacks

The majority of heart attacks are caused by the build up of fatty materials inside a coronary artery which results in the formation of a clot. This clot in turn can cause a blockage of the artery, which cuts off the vital supply of blood and oxygen to the heart resulting in what can be permanent damage to this vital muscle in the form of a heart attack.

Once the blockage has occurred and the heart is becoming starved of blood and oxygen, damage will be occurring. The quicker professional medical help can be sought the better. A heart attack is life threatening and upon noticing the symptoms, 999 should be dialled immediately.

The symptoms of a heart attack can vary and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, below is a list of possible symptoms to be aware of:

Tightness of the chest

Acute pains in the chest area

Pain or tightness spreading to the arms, face, back and stomach

Nausea

Light headedness

In most cases, the longer the symptoms of a heart attack go untreated, the more damage will be done. It is of paramount importance to dial 999 immediately if you suspect that you or someone around you is having a heart attack. If close at hand, take an aspirin; if not, don’t spend time looking for one as paramedics will provide this medicine en route to the hospital. Getting treatment quickly will limit any permanent damage and could literally be the difference between life and death.

While there are medications available to help after suffering a heart attack, taking measures to reduce the risks of this happening is the best option available. The benefits of the medication are limited to the amount of permanent damage done. By changing to a healthier lifestyle which includes exercise to strengthen the heart, and by lowering cholesterol, the risk of heart attack will reduce. If you have already suffered through a heart attack, by changing your lifestyle now, you can reduce the risk of suffering a further heart attack in the future.

While suffering a heart attack can be a life changing and terrifying experience, many people do make a full recovery in a matter of months. However, if you want to reduce the risk of this happening to you, now is the time to change your lifestyle.