HEART ATTACK - A SILENT KILLER - NATURAL APPROACH
What Is a Heart Attack?A heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow isn't restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.
Heart attacks are a leading killer of both men and women in the United States. The good news is that excellent treatments are available for heart attacks. These treatments can save lives and prevent disabilities.
Heart attack treatment works best when it's given right after symptoms occur.
Heart Attack Symptoms and Signs
Heart With Muscle Damage and a Blocked Artery
Classic symptoms of a heart attack may include:
- chest pain associated with shortness of breath,
- profuse sweating, and
Unfortunately, many people do not have these classic signs. Other signs and symptoms of heart attack may include:
- jaw ache,
- pain only in the shoulders or arms,
- shortness of breath, or
- nausea and vomiting.
Pain may also radiate from the chest to the neck, jaw, shoulder, or back and be associated with shortness of breath, nausea, and sweating.
Heart Disease Warning SignsBecause it can be hard to make sense of possible heart symptoms, doctors warn against ignoring any warning signs, toughing them out, waiting to see if they go away, or being quick to blame them on heartburn, muscle soreness, or other less serious, noncardiac causes. That's especially true for men and people over 65, as well as for people with other cardiac risk factors, such as high cholesterol or blood pressure, obesity, smoking, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease.
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