Heart Attack! Once these words seemed almost synonymous with sudden death. Now we know how to save thousands of lives with different life saving measures.
A heart attack is injury to heart muscle due to a loss of blood supply to a part of the heart. An attack occurs when arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and blood become blocked. Blood clots form in narrowed arteries by the build-up of cholesterol and other fatty deposits. When cells are deprived of oxygen they are destroyed. That’s why the first hour is critical.
Be alert to symptoms!
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness or squeezing pain in the center of your chest lasting several minutes.
- Pain spreading to your shoulders, neck or arms.
- Light headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
Keep aspirin handy (chew the aspirin)! When taken during a heart attack it can decrease death rate by 25%.