Heart Attack: Meaning, Causes, First Aid and Prevention

Heart Attack

I definitely wouldn't wish for a bad situation but that won't stop me from preparing and having quick responses in case of such a situation. Don't you think so?

According to a report by the UN called UN Chronicle: The Atlas of Heart Disease & Stroke,

One of the lowest rates of coronary heart disease in the world is Japan, but the Japanese were found to have a gradually increasing risk after moving to North America.
Although the healthiest and best preserved in Europe appears to be French, they are certainly among the worst on the risk factors of diet and smoking.

In the United states alone thousands of heart surgeries are performed each day and more than 2,300 people have heart transplant each year.

Many heart attack patients die before getting to the hospital as it takes a long time for the victim to get to medical care.

Chances of survival tend to be higher is there someone around who understands the situation, able to give First aid and seek medical help.

So I believe it will extremely helpful if you understood this health  condition, knew the causes and know how to retaliate in such a situation as a first aide

But first?

What is a Heart Attack?

A Heart Attack is a serious condition whereby the flow of blood which brings oxygen to the heart is reduced or completely cut off due to blockage or other complications of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.


Not all heart attacks begin with excruciating chest pain as you may think
Also the symptom varies from person to person as diabetic tend to have mild or no symptoms of a heart attack

Common symptoms are

1. Chest pain

Heart attacks mostly start with a sudden crushing chest pain in the center of the chest or at the left side of the chest (i.e where the heart is situated). This sign should not be dismissed or viewed less seriously as seeking medical medical help might just save your life

2. Gasping and Shortness of Breath

Sometimes this may be the only symptom which may occur. The downside of this symptom is that it may occur during a physical activity such as exercises, running or the doing energy draining daily activities, it may then be misjudged as a sign for fatigue

Other symptoms include

Discomfort in the upper body such as the neck, both arms, the back, shoulder, jaw or neck

Nausea (more common in women)

Unusual fatigue


What to do in such a scenario

Simple steps can be taken during a heart attack to increase the victims chances of survival

1. Have the person sit up, make sure he/she does mot lie down, the person can also recline on a sofa, rest and try to calm down

2. Loosen any tight clothing the person may be having on to allow more ventilation, open the windows or move the person to a more ventilated area.

3. If the person is unconscious, seek medical help immediately. Heart attack victims have to be taken to the hospital within one hour of the occurrence after seeking help then apply CPR.

4. Administering drugs like aspirin and sorbitrate or chest pain medications. These posses anti-coagulant properties which helps dissolve blood clots

Be mindful of the drug administered as a drug like sorbitrate should not be administered if the person is sweating profusely or has a low blood pressure.

Note: Quickly seek medical help

Do not wait for symptoms to go away

Not everyone knows what is happening to them at some moments but professional and qualifies personnel can as they are trained to do just that.


The good news is you can reduce your chances of having a heart attack

Also Heart attack is more common in adults being that they seem to live more unhygienic lives.

1. Eat a healthy diet

Eating food has so many benefits and this is one of them. Make sure your diet is balanced containing all the nutrients in the right proportions.

2. Quit smoking

Smoking has a lot of disadvantages. Causing so many health conditions. The smoke inhaled doubles your chances of developing a heart disease.

3. Do regular exercises

Exercises make you more flexible and gives you a good physique and lots more. It is also know to reduce your chances of a heart attack.
And Talk to your doctor before engaging in any Heart Health Exercises.

4. Eat fruits and vegetables

Eating Fruits and Vegetables makes you look younger and healthier and also reduces your chances of a heart attack with the aid of its vitamins and minerals.
Change your diet today and consume more fruits, vegetables and fish. Reduce the intake of fats and sugar and red meat. Also a health care personnel can inform you on the specific ingredients for a Heart Health Meal.

5. Reduce Alcohol intake

Alcohol can sure damage your heart including other health complications. So reducing your intake to a glass a day will surely reduce the chances of a heart attack. 
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