Early heart attack care
Healthy you: early heart attack care education
About 1.2 million Americans have a heart attack each year, and almost one-third of them die, often before reaching the hospital. People often ignore warning signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain, assuming they are suffering from heartburn or a pulled muscle. The tragic conclusion is that many people put off seeking assistance for far too long. We want you to be able to identify the warning signs of a heart attack.
A heart attack occurs when an artery carrying blood and oxygen to the heart muscle becomes fully blocked. A gradual build-up of fatty deposits, mainly cholesterol, has narrowed the vessel. When a clot forms in this restricted vessel, the blood flow to the heart muscle is completely cut off. If the person does not seek medical help right away, the part of the muscle may begin to die.
Not every heart attack exhibits the same symptoms as those shown on the many medical television shows to which we are subjected on a daily basis. Many people, in reality, ignore the early signs of a heart attack, ignoring the more subtle symptoms because they are anticipating the suspense of a Hollywood episode. Unfortunately, ignoring these early warning signs means missing out on a “window of opportunity” to avoid a heart attack before any harm is done.
Early heart attack care – be a first responder with dr
It can be difficult to change one’s lifestyle and break old habits. When your health is at risk, though, it’s never too late to make positive improvements. A healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to avoid a heart attack. Take a look at some of the minor adjustments you can make below:
What If I Told You…
Within the first two hours after a heart attack, 85 percent of heart damage occurs. Knowing the subtle warning signs of a heart attack and acting on them promptly – BEFORE HEART Failure Happens – is what EHAC is all about.
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Know the early warning signs of a heart attack?
Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) is a public awareness program aimed at informing people about the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which may occur days or weeks before the incident. To stop the harm caused by a full-blown heart attack, these early signs must be identified and treated as soon as possible.
The primary aim of Early Heart Attack Care is to raise awareness of the fact that heart attacks may have “beginnings” weeks before they happen. More than half of all patients witness these “beginnings.” These “beginnings” can be managed until the heart is weakened if caught early enough.
Early heart attack signs, such as mild or stuttering chest pain, have been described as significant heart attack risk factors. Adults sometimes disregard these signs, putting themselves at risk of serious heart muscle injury, if not death. EHAC focuses on prevention in the early stages of a heart attack or cardiac arrest to help avoid acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) or cardiac arrest.
Early heart attack care
Pain is a common early symptom of a heart attack in most people, and it can vary in severity. However, not everyone who has a heart attack experiences pain. Up to 20% of people don’t feel pain when they have a heart attack, and those who do normally include:
Angina is not a heart attack, but it can lead to one if the pain is serious or lasts for a long time. Many heart attacks start slowly, but slight chest pain or discomfort that comes and goes can be early warning signs. The pain may be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn, but it can rapidly intensify into extreme chest or throat pain that feels crushing, squeezing, hard, or like the worst pain you’ve ever felt. One or both arms, the left shoulder, neck, chin, or back can be affected.