When your heart muscles do not get enough oxygen or are damaged, the condition is termed as a myocardial infarction. In simple terms, it is called a heart attack. Most of our cardiac problems are owing to artery blockages; arteries carry purified blood from the heart to the various organs of your body.
Another reason for a heart attack is blood clots.
Unfortunately, most times it is difficult to differentiate the symptoms of heartburn from those of a heart attack. If you feel any kind of pain, tightness or discomfort in the chest area – it is a symptom of a heart attack. Any nausea, vomiting or sweating accompanying this intensified chest pain also points towards a heart attack. Some other symptoms to look out for are shortness of breath for more than just a few minutes and the intense chest pain radiating from the chest to the left arm.
If you have any of these symptoms, you must put a sorbitrate under your toungue or chew an aspirin and call for a cardiac care ambulance. Keep in mind that you are not allergic to aspirin. Hospital care will include cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and thrombolysis; clot bursting medcations will be administered intravenously.
If you do any of the following, you are adding to the risks of a heart attack – smoking, consuming large amounts of cholesterol ridden food, fast food, lack of exercise, obesity. Added to these if you have diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis or a family history of heart diseases; you are at an increased risk of having a heart attack.
Here are 10 tips to help you avoid a heart attack:
o Quit smoking today.
o Healthy food habits will help – avoid red meat, excessive salt in your diet and fatty foods.
o Control diabetes and high blood pressure.
o Get into the habit of at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, walking is the most beneficial.
o Attempt all you can to curb your obesity.
o Chose a healthy lifestyle – proper well balanced food and adequate exercising.
o Begin your day with meditation.
o Learn relaxation and breathing techniques.
o Make sure to have regular cardiac check ups.
o Include anti-oxidant rich foods in your diet.
The American Heart Association calls it a killer disease, it has in its grip close to 58.8 million people with 950,000 succumbing to heart problems every year. By simply maintaining your health, cardiac ailments and death is easily avoidable. Aim for a more balanced lifestyle, balance work and activities well. Do not give in to a sedentary “couch potato” life – move outdoors, walk, jog or run rather than watch others do it on the television! You will be doing yourself a great favor, bargaining for a long and healthy life.
Being well informed will be helpful for you as well as your loved ones. No doubt – prevention is better than cure!