Life saving tips from LiveMD to help you and your loved ones survive a heart attack
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage in one of the arteries inside the heart. This sudden blockage can cause a wide variety of symptoms and these symptoms may differ from person to person. Some warning signs to watch for are:
- Chest pain – Discomfort in the chest area that lasts for more than a few minutes. This sensation can be sharp pain, a dull, achy feeling, tightness, pressure or a feeling of fullness.
- Pain in other areas – A heart attack can also cause pain or discomfort in other areas of the body such as the arms, back, neck or jaw.
- Difficulty breathing – Experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing may be a symptom of a heart attack.
- Generally feeling unwell – Sudden sweating, sudden extreme fatigue, nausea, or dizziness all could be signs that something more serious is happening.
What to do in an Emergency
If you experience any of these symptoms, the first thing that you should do is call 911 or proceed to your nearest hospital as quickly as possible. When it comes to a heart attack it is important to get medical attention as soon as you can, it may mean the difference between life and death. While waiting for help to arrive try to remain calm and loosen any tight fitting or constrictive clothing. If you have a nitroglycerin spray you can use this, if not chewing 2 low dose Aspirins may help.
How can I Prevent a Heart Attack?
Preventing a heart attack is all about making healthy lifestyle changes that will keep your heart healthy for years to come. Eating a healthy diet, full of fresh fruits and veggies, cutting out saturated fats and fried foods and getting lots of exercise are all ways to help maintain a healthy heart. Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption will also be beneficial and be sure to get your yearly checkups with your doctor to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.
If you or a loved one suspects that you may be suffering from a heart attack, call your community emergency line or go to the nearest hospital immediately. If you have questions about heart attacks or heart disease and would like to speak to a doctor about your heart health, visit www.mylivemd.com today for a medical consultation by phone, video, text or in-person. Our professionally trained doctors are here to help answer any questions that you may have and provide you with trusted medical advice on keeping your heart healthy for years to come.
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