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What Happens During a Heart Attack?
During a heart attack, the blockage in the artery prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching a section of the heart muscle. Without oxygen, the heart muscle begins to die within minutes. The longer the blood flow is blocked, there will be an adverse impact on the heart muscle. The symptoms of a heart attack can vary, but some common signs include the following:
Chest pain or discomfort
Shortness of breath
Nausea or vomiting
Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, shoulder, or back
Lightheadedness or dizziness
If you experience the symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately.
Occurrences of Heart Attack
A heart attack occurs due to the blockage in the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. Plaque build-up usually causes a blockage, a fatty substance accumulating in the arteries over time. The plaque buildup can cause the arteries to narrow, reducing blood flow to the heart.
As per World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks, are one of the leading cause of death globally, accounting for 17.9 million deaths annually. In India, cardiovascular diseases are also a leading cause of death, accounting for 28% of all deaths.
How to Prevent Occurrences of Heart Attack
Fortunately, some steps are taken to reduce the risk of heart attacks and prevent their occurrence. Some of these are as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is at risk for a heart attack?
Anyone can have a heart attack, but certain risk factors increase the chances of having one, including age, family history of heart disease, high blood pressure & cholesterol level, smoking, obesity, diabetes, and a sedentary lifestyle.
What can be done to prevent a heart attack?
There are several steps taken to reduce the risk of having a heart attack, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and getting regular check-ups with a healthcare provider.
What should I do if I suspect I have a heart attack?
Call emergency services immediately if you suspect you have a heart attack. It’s essential to seek medical attention right away, as prompt treatment can help to reduce the damage to the heart muscle and improve the chances of survival.
What treatments are available for a heart attack?
The treatment for a heart attack will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual’s overall health. Some common treatments may include medications to help dissolve blood clots and reduce the workload on the heart, procedures to restore blood flow to nature, such as angioplasty or coronary artery bypass surgery, and lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of future heart attacks.
Disclaimer: The information presented by Boston Scientific Corporation is for educational purposes only and does not recommend self-management of health issues. The information should not be treated as comprehensive and does not intend to provide diagnosis, treatment or any medical advice. Individual results may vary and hence, it is advisable to consult your doctor regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options.