A heart attack is an extremely serious medical condition where the blood supply to the heart is somehow obstructed, usually by a blood clot.
It is a very dangerous condition, and if you suspect that you may have a heart attack make sure you immediately call 911.
CHD (Coronary heart disease) is considered to be the most common cause of heart attacks. This medical condition is characterized by having blood vessels which are clogged up, which in turn means that the blood circulation to the heart is obstructed.
These blood vessels are clogged up by deposits of cholesterol also known as plaques. Before a heart attack, one of these plaques bursts and forms a blood clot at the side of this rupture.
This blood clot may completely block or restrict the heart’s blood supply, which results in a heart attack.
It is largely known that the main and most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain. The chest feels as if squeezed by an object or even pressed by something heavy. This pain can spread from the chest to the back, arms, neck and jaw. Other common symptoms of a heart attack are nausea, shortness of breath, cold sweats and lightheadedness. However, not always is a heart attack manifested by lightheadedness or chest pain. In fact, as high as 25% of all heart attacks are silent. This means that they happen without any warning symptoms or signs. Because of this a great number of people confuse their heart attack with some other medical condition and do not seek the needed immediate medical attention. As a consequence most cases end up fatally. An American cardiologist, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, spent many years studying how to prevent and reverse heart diseases. He discovered that the heart gives out warning signs prior a potential heart attack. These warning signs manifest minutes, days and up to weeks before it occurs.
Several of the above mentioned, early signs of a heart attack:
– Anxiety – Numerous patients reported feeling anxiety attacks prior to the heart attack. Although naturally anxious persons often believe that they are experiencing a heart attack, even if that is not the case, just to be safe it is still recommended seek medical attention and call 911.
– Coughing – Occasionally those experiencing a heart attack cough up a mucous-like substance (sometimes tinged with blood) known as phlegm. This is especially common in individuals who suffer from pneumonia, which is a lung infection. This coughing is caused due to the fluid accumulation in the lungs, which also makes breathing difficult.
– Pains in many parts of the body – The heart attack caused pain usually begins in the chest. It then spreads to the abdomen, shoulders, arms, elbows, neck and jaw. A pain that is located in the arms or between the bladders is the most common sign of a heart attack.
– Swelling – Swollen ankles and feet are usually associated with excessive sitting or standing. However, heart problems can also cause the fluid to accumulate in these specific areas, causing them to swell. Due to this fluid accumulation, some individuals may lose their appetite but gain weight.
Caution: NEVER under any circumstances ignore these symptoms, hoping they will disappear on their own. If they persist for more than a few minutes, call an ambulance immediately or have someone drive you to the hospital. You should also take an aspirin, unless you are allergic.