The terms heart attack and cardiac arrest are often used as synonyms for one other as if they are two terms to describe the same condition. However, that isn’t the case. While often misused, these two terms describe two different conditions that need to be treated in different ways. At the most basic level, cardiac arrest is a condition that is caused by an electrical issue in your heart, where a heart attack is caused by what we’ll call a plumbing issue, or something having to do with the flow of blood through vital arteries.
We’ve all seen an image of someone having a heart attack on our favorite television medical drama. There’s a dependable series of events that seems to occur according to television and movies. First, the patient grasps at his or her chest, then they stumble back, and eventually fall back into a chair or even onto the ground. And, should you ever experience one, some of those things may happen to you. But watching it on television isn’t the best way to help you understand what having a heart attack actually feels like.
Having a heart attack is scary and can leave you wondering if life will ever be the same again. The answer to that question is complicated, for many patients - with treatment and time - complete recovery is possible but that certainly doesn’t mean they can return to life as they knew it.
When you think of heart attack patients you probably envision men and women in their later years. And while this has been a primary heart attack demographic for decades, there is a new kind of patient in town.
You’ve heard before the commonly known signs that you are currently undergoing a heart attack. However, heart attacks are not events that sneak up out of nowhere. A patient whose heart muscle suddenly stops working has years of plaque build-up in their coronary arteries and has probably experienced symptoms for some time.
You probably have an idea of the most common heart attack symptoms. Any time a character on a television show or movie experiences a heart incident they complain of pain in the chest, shortness of breath, and they go into a cold sweat. This isn’t just movie magic, these really are the most common symptoms, but they aren't the only symptoms.
Suffering a heart attack is a terrifying ordeal, one that more than one million Americans go through each year. And since more than 90% of people survive a heart attack it’s very important to discuss the recovery process. It is not uncommon for patients with heart disease to suffer multiple heart attacks in their lives, and in order to protect a patient's heart from future damage there are some important recovery steps to be aware of.
More than 600,000 American men and women die of heart disease each year. That’s an astounding number and a statistic that we can change by making ourselves aware of the risk factors for heart attacks. Diet, lifestyle, and heredity are the main themes in heart attack risk, and below are some very serious risk factors to bear in mind.
Each year, more than 700,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. In some cases, they can be deadly, but for many others, it will take months to recover and return to their normal activities. The first warning signs of a heart attack are chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea or cold sweats, and pain radiating from your arm. If you feel any of these symptoms alert someone immediately so that you can be taken into medical care.
Time Magazine recently published an article detailing the “concerning rise” in heart attacks among pregnant women in the United States between 2002 and 2014. During that time the risk of heart attack during pregnancy, during labor, or after giving birth increased by 25%, and while the risk is still low overall it is worth doing your homework to learn about what you can do to protect yourself and your baby.
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Tavares, FL 32778
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