You never know when the clock will start ticking before you realize of this attack. May be your chances of survival from a war attack is much higher than a heart attack. All you need to know is what needs to be done next at this critical point of survival.
What is a Heart Attack?
- Also known as Myocardial Infarction, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Coronary Thrombosis & Coronary Occlusion
- It is a result of Coronary Heart Disease – A medical condition in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart
- Plaque creates a blockage inside the artery causing less supply of blood & oxygen to the heart
- If this oxygen rich blood flow is not restored quickly then the heart muscle will die
- Heart attack symptoms are chest pain, or feeling of tightness in the chest, fatigue, discomfort in neck & arm, light headed ness & abnormal heartbeat
- If not treated immediately it may lead to arrhythmias than can be fatal to life
Risk Factors or causes of a Heart Attack:
- Unhealthy diet containing high levels of cholesterol, trans fats & saturated fats
- Physically inactive
- High blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or above
- High levels of Cholesterol in the blood; especially the Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) also known as the bad cholesterol
- High blood sugar due to diabetes
- Family history of heart disease
Diagnostic Tests for a Heart Attack:
- Blood Test
- Coronary angiography
Prevention of a heart attack:
A lifestyle that ensures that the heart remains healthy can prevent a heart attack. Few changes that are important in making heart healthy are as follows:
- Eating heart healthy foods that are good for heart
- Be physically active & exercise regularly (for at least 30 minutes)
- Quit smoking if you are a smoker
- Limit alcohol
- Managing stress
- Managing weight to avoid obesity
It is in your hand to lead a healthy lifestyle by following above simple tips and keeping eye on health status by checking your blood pressure & cholesterol levels regularly. With the prevention you should have knowledge of signs and symptoms of heart diseases to recognize it early for better treatment.
So now onwards, ensure that attack should not happen to you. Minor changes in lifestyle will take care of the major health problems. Don’t let the clock tick. Engage yourself for regular preventive health checkup to identify a heart condition. Avoid being a victim of a heart attack by creating a shield of healthy lifestyle.