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A heart attack is when part of heart muscle is cut off from oxygen. If oxygen isnt restored soon, heart attack occur. Blood in your coronary arteries carries oxygen to heart muscle. Most heart attacks occur when blockage slows or stops blood flow. Heart Attack is sometimes called myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome. Heart attacks are often treatable when diagnosed quickly. However, they can be fatal. Women are less likely to survive heart attacks than men. No one knows why. It may be that women do seek or receive treatment as soon as men. Their symptoms can be different from what men experience. Their symptoms may be subtler and more often overlook. Or it may be because women smaller hearts and blood vessels are more easily damage. Doctors are working on finding answers to these questions. It is important to prevent heart problems before they start. The most common symptoms of Heart Attack in both men and women include: chest discomfort, which may feel like pain, pressure, tightness, heavy or burning like heartburn. Pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, lower jaw, arms, upper back, or abdomen. Shortness of breath that lasts more than a few seconds. Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or faint. Nausea and / or vomiting. Unusual sweating. Overwhelming fatigue. Feeling anxious. Heart palpitations. Feeling unusually tired for no reason. Heart Attacks occur when part of heart muscle is damaged or dies from lack of oxygen. When blockage occurs in your coronary arteries, blood and oxygen get to the heart. This can lead to heart attack if it isnt treated quickly. Most heart attacks are the result of coronary heart or artery disease. A waxy substance called plaque builds up in arteries. This is called atherosclerosis. It takes years for plaque to build up. When plaque breaks up, it travels through the blood stream. This creates blood clots. Clots slow or stop blood flow to the heart. Then the heart doesnt get enough oxygen. Tissue not receiving oxygen begins to die. Smoking. Diabetes. Age. Risk increases for men older than 45 and for women older than 55. About 83% of people who die from Heart Disease are 65 or older. High cholesterol. High blood pressure. High blood sugar. Family history of Heart Attack. Race. African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Native Hawaiians are at greater risk. Lack of exercise. Stress. Obesity. Gender. More men have heart attacks. But heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. The less common cause of heart attack is severe spasm, or tightening, of the coronary artery. This can happen in artery that do have plaque build - up. Instead, tightening cuts off blood flow. Spasm is as well understood as the cause of Heart Attack.S They seem to be related to: taking specific drugs, such as cocaine. Cigarette smoking. Exposure to extreme cold. Severe emotional pain or stress.

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What triggers heart attacks?

According to Harvard Health, in approximately 50 percent of all myocardial infarctions, sufferers believe symptoms they experience are caused by less serious problem,s which can increase individuals ' risk of dying from Coronary Heart Disease, aka Coronary artery Disease. While there are several types of heart attacks, mini heart attack or silent heart attack, account for 45 percent of those suffer. Mini Heart attacks occur when there is temporary blockage in coronary arteries. Just as with mini stroke symptoms, symptoms experienced during mini heart attack may be extremely short - live and mild; thus, lacking intensity typically seen with classic heart attack. This lack of intensity and the fact that an individual may feel normal during and after mini heart attack are two reasons it is described as silent.


Symptoms vary between men and women

Some people wait too long because they don't recognize important signs and symptoms. Take these steps: call for emergency medical help. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, don't hesitate. Immediately call 911 or your local emergency number. If you don't have access to emergency medical services, have someone drive you to the nearest hospital. Drive yourself only if there are no other options. Because your condition can worsen, driving yourself puts you and others at risk. Take nitroglycerin, if prescribed to you by a doctor. Take it as instructed while awaiting emergency help. Take aspirin, if recommend. Taking aspirin during a heart attack could reduce heart damage by helping to keep your blood from clotting. Aspirin can interact with other medications, however, so don't take aspirin unless your doctor or emergency medical personnel recommend it. Don't delay calling 911 to take aspirin. Call for emergency help first.


Causes and Risk Factors

Certain factors contribute to unwanted buildup of fatty deposits that narrow arteries throughout your body. You can improve or eliminate many of these risk factors to reduce your chances of having first or another heart attack. Age. Men age 45 or older and women age 55 or older are more likely to have heart attack than are younger men and women. Tobacco. This includes smoking and long - term exposure to secondhand smoke. High blood pressure. Over time, high blood pressure can damage arteries that lead to your heart. High blood pressure that occurs with other conditions, such as obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes, increases your risk even more. High blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels. A high levels of low - density lipoprotein cholesterol is most likely to narrow arteries. High levels of triglycerides, type of blood fat related to your diet, also increase your risk of heart attack. However, high level of high - density lipoprotein cholesterol may lower your risk. Obesity. Obesity is linked with high blood cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and diabetes. Losing just 10% of your body weight can lower this risk. Diabetes. Not producing enough of hormone secreted by your pancreas or not responding to insulin properly causes your body's blood sugar levels to rise, increasing your risk of heart attack. Metabolic syndrome. This syndrome occurs when you have obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Having metabolic syndrome makes you twice as likely to develop heart disease than if you don't have it. Family history of heart attacks. If your siblings, parents or grandparents have had early heart attacks, you might be at increased risk. Lack of physical activity. Being inactive contributes to high blood cholesterol levels and obesity. People who exercise regularly have better heart health, including lower blood pressure. Stress. You might respond to stress in ways that can increase your risk of heart attack. Illicit drug use. Using stimulant drugs, such as cocaine or amphetamines, can trigger spasm of your coronary arteries that can cause a heart attack. History of preeclampsia. This condition causes high blood pressure during pregnancy and increases lifetime risk of heart disease. Autoimmune condition. Having condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus can increase your risk of heart attack.

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Recognizing the Symptoms

Not all people who have heart attacks have the same symptoms or have the same severity of symptoms. Some people have mild pain; others have more severe pain. Some people have no symptoms. For others, first sign may be sudden cardiac arrest. However, more signs and symptoms you have, greater the chance of having a heart attack. Some heart attacks strike suddenly, but many people have warning signs and symptoms hours, days or weeks in advance. The earliest warning might be recurrent chest pain or pressure that's triggered by activity and relieved by rest. Angina is caused by a temporary decrease in blood flow to the heart.


Catch the signs early

Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. Maybe it starts with vague sense that you are just not feeling well: stomach pain, nausea, shortness of breath, uncomfortable feeling in your chest. You are tempted to dismiss these symptoms. Maybe it just the flu. Youll deal with it later after work, dinner, and other tasks on your list of to - dos. Think again. These symptoms should not be ignore. They are warning signs of heart attack. Heart disease, including heart attack, is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. But there are differences in how men and women experience heart attack. This can make a huge difference in whether you recognize it and seek treatment. Here is what you should know about signs of heart attack and how they may differ between men and women.

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Treatments

Treatment begins right away, sometimes in an ambulance or emergency room. Drug therapy aims to break up or prevent blood clots, stop platelets from collecting and sticking to plaque, stabilize plaque, and prevent more ischemia. Take these medications as soon as possible to limit heart damage. Aspirin to stop blood clotting that may make heart attack worse. Other antiplatelet drugs, such as clopidogrel, prasugrel, or ticagrelor to stop clotting. Thrombolytic therapy to dissolve blood clots in your heart's arteries. Any combination of these other drugs given during or after a heart attack helps your heart work better, widen your blood vessels, lower your pain, and help you avoid life - threatening heart rhythms. Cardiac catheterization. In addition to making pictures of your arteries, cardiac cath can be used for procedures to open narrowed or block arteries. Bypass surgery. You might have bypass surgery in days after heart attack to restore blood supply to your heart. Treatments do cure coronary artery disease. You can still have another heart attack. But you can take steps to make it less likely.


What Is a Heart Attack?

Medication is vital to your recovery after a heart attack and reduces your risk of future heart events. See common heart attack medications and their possible side effects. After a heart attack, you will be prescribed several medications before leaving hospital that you will need to keep taking when you go home. This medication is vital for your recovery and your ongoing health. In most cases, heart attack is caused by coronary artery disease. Although heart disease ca be cure, medication reduces the risk of more heart attacks and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Medication can also reduce symptoms such as angina pain or breathlessness and improve your quality of life. Be aware that if you were already taking medication for heart disease, your prescribed medications or your dosages may have change. For your medication to work most effectively, you must take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Its important to have a good understanding of what your medicines are and how and when to take them. Often, it can be hard to remember all the information you receive about medication while in hospital. You may be confused about what you mean to be taking or you may have arrive home with questions about your medicines still unanswered. Here is a checklist of things you need to know about your medications: what each medication is for. How much to take. How often to take them. If they need to be taken at a certain time of day. If they interact with any food or drinks. If they interact with any other medicines you are taking. If you are unsure about any of these points, contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. It is a good idea to make a list of your medications and dosages and carry it with you.

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The takeaway

Calling 911 or having someone drive you to the emergency room for a suspected heart attack may seem like a drastic step, especially if youre not sure what is happening. But it is better to be evaluated and given a clean bill of health than chance greater harm from heart attack that goes untreated. Symptoms that feel like heart attack may also signal other conditions. Anxiety attack, for instance, can result in chest pain, shortness of breath, and sweating. Although anxiety attack may not be life - threatening, it should still be evaluate. You should ignore symptoms that feel like heart attack. Those who have had heart attack often describe vague feelings of uneasiness or even doom that they ca explain. Trust your instinct and pay attention to all signs your body is sending you.


Heart attack vs. heartburn

A heart attack is a medical emergency. If youre experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call Triple Zero and ask for an ambulance. An ambulance is the safest way to go to hospital and the quickest way to seek treatment. Treatment can start when ambulance staff arrive, saving precious minutes and preventing damage to your heart muscle. Once you get to the hospital, your doctor will perform tests to diagnose if you have a heart attack. These tests will also measure the amount of damage caused to your heart and the best treatment course to take. These tests include: electrocardiogram blood tests, Coronary catheterisation

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