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Beginners Guide to Heart Attack

Updated on January 2, 2014
Example of blocked ateries
Example of blocked ateries

How Does Heart Attack Occur?

Your heart is made up of some arteries that connect your heart to other organs of your body. These arteries help transport blood and oxygen from one part of your body to the other.

When one or more of these arteries are blocked within - inner walls - the quantity of blood and oxygen that move through these blocked artery(ies) decreases and this affects the way you breath - difficult breathing - which is one of the signs of the disease. This is how heart attack develops.

The Symptoms of Heart Attack

The following are the signs of heart attack that you should know:

  • Pain or pressure in the middle of your chest, arm, jaw, shoulders, neck or stomach. It may spread from one place to the another.
  • Feeling of tightness, crushing, aching, choking, squeezing, burning or heart burn.
  • Dizziness
  • Feelig scared.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Weakness.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, call your health emergency number for immediate attention.

Risk Factors of Heart Attack and How to Reduce Them

Below are the risk factors of a heart attack and how you can reduce them:

  • High blood pressure - Check your blood pressure on a regular basis. If your blood pressure is high, talk to your doctor to help you keep it under control.
  • Smoking - This is one of the greatest risk factors of a heart attack. Avoiding cigarette will help reduce your risk of having a heart attack immeasurably.
  • Excessive fat - Fat is one of the things that blocks the inner walls of the arteries and this affects the free flow of blood and oxygen through the arteries. Adopt a healthy eating habit by reducing the amount of food that are high in fat and cholesterol.
  • Overweight - Being overweight increases your risk of having a heart attack. To avoid this, exercise regularly as often as possible in order to reduce your weight.
  • Regular medical check ups - Visit your doctor as often as you can to know your health status.

There you have it. Some of the major risks of having a heart attack and how you can prevent them.

Dealing With Heart Attack

Heart attack is a delicate disease to deal with. Fortunately, you can really empower yourself to deal with a heart attack no matter what. Besides going to the hospital for treatment, you will have to be very strong in order to overcome heart attack in your life.

For those of you who want to learn more about heart attack and its effects, here is a another useful article about dealing with the symptoms of heart attack.

Overcome Heart Attack


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