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What do you think about Heart Attack

Updated on February 16, 2010
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Heart Attack

I will try to use the language as simple as I can. Heart attack, which is also called myocardial infarction, is no doubt a very serious condition in which our heart (a pump of blood) is not receiving enough oxygen to function properly, when blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked. Our heart requires a steady & continuous supply of oxygen in order to pump blood effectively to all of our body.

Oxygen is supplied to the heart in the blood that flows through the coronary arteries. If a coronary artery becomes blocked, the portion of the heart that gets its oxygen-rich blood from that specific artery becomes damaged. This injury can become permanent within minutes and result in the death of the affected heart tissue. Medically this is called myocardial necrosis or infarction. Heart attack is a common cause of death especially from the past few decades. It is also very common in modern world, America and Europe. About one out of every six deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart attack.

Heart attacks occur most often as a result of a condition called coronary artery disease (CAD). In CAD, a fatty material called plaque (plak) builds up over many years on the inside walls of the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to your heart). Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form on the surface of the plaque. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the part of the heart muscle fed by the artery.

During a heart attack, if the blockage in the coronary artery isn’t treated quickly, the heart muscle will begin to die and be replaced by scar tissue. This heart damage may not be obvious, or it may cause severe or long-lasting problems.

Symptoms of Heart attack

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Heart attack includes symptoms listed below:

Chest discomfort: Victim of this disease feels a pain in the centre of the chest which feels as coming outwards.

  1. Uncomfortable chest pressure
  2. Chest squeezing
  3. Chest fullness
  4. Chest pain

Upper body discomfort: It’s not only the chest that feels the special pain

  1. Pain radiating to left arm
  2. Back discomfort
  3. Back pain
  4. Discomfort in one arm
  5. Discomfort in both arms
  6. Neck discomfort
  7. Jaw discomfort
  8. Stomach discomfort

Symptoms of actual full cardiac arrest:

  1. Loss of consciousness
  2. Cyanosis
  3. Pallor
  4. Absent pulse
  5. Dilated pupils

Other Signs:

  1. Shortness of Breath
  2. Sweating
  3. Cold sweat
  4. Nausea
  5. Vomiting
  6. Light-headedness
  7. Fainting
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Tiredness
  10. Extreme fatigue
  11. Anxiety
  12. Palpitations
  13. Paleness
  14. Upset stomach
  15. Dyspnea
  16. Diaphoresis
  17. Panic


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      Jessy 8 years ago

      no doubt this is the worst condition of life