Saturday, March 17, 2007

About Heart Attack and Its Warning Signs

Often heart attack is slowly with mild pain and the person in cause doesn't understand what's happening, on the other hand the heart attack might be intense and movie-like. If you suspect you are having an heart attack than you need to call the emergency or 911.

The most common signs are: chest discomfort which may be felt as pain, pressure, squeezing, fullness and which may last for minutes. Other symptoms are: pain in both arms, neck, stomach, back, shortness of breath, nausea, cold sweating. The most common symptoms in heart attack in women is discomfort and chest pain, but it may also appear as well nausea, shortness of breath and back pain. In 5 minutes since those symptoms have begun one must address to the emergency medical service at 911. If you announce the ambulance you'll receive the best care against heart attack and in the shortest time. You should't be driving by yourself unless you have no other option.

The doctor will diagnose the heart attack after studying several tests: EKG a device that gives the graphical record of the heart's electrical activity, a physical examination and knowing the complete medical history of the patient, high enzymes in the blood appear in heart attack, those steps are also helpfull. Cardiac enzymes may be determined later in the intensive care unit and urgent care setting so they confirm or infirm the suspicions.

So, if you address as quickly as possible to a medical emergency or service you have greater chances of receiving the corresponding treatment and the doctor will have the possibility to establish exactly what you suffer from, sometimes heart attack symptoms are very similar to other disease symptoms and may be mistaken. That's why is indicated to present to the hospital and have EKG done and blood analysis and so on. If you get help during that first hour, your chances of recovery are greatly improved. Many heart problems are silent, without symptoms, and go unnoticed until they become the cause of sudden death. And most victims are older men.

Heart attack is one instance where getting treatment promptly can mean the difference between life and death. Heart attacks may vary from person to person, and from heart attack to heart attack. A great mistake is the delaying the treatment and the presentation to the hospital. Heart discomfort is rarely a sharp, stabbing pain. But further ischemia or another heart attack, even a mild to moderate one, may prove fatal because that reserve capacity is no longer there.

Risk factors include some you can't control: your age, sex and genetic predisposition to atherosclerosis and those you can influence, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise and obesity.

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