A heart attack is a huge cause of death all across the world. Most people die because of ventricular fibrillation before they are able to get medical help. Should one be fortunate enough to get medical assistance, they have a higher chance of surviving as modern treatment options provide better solutions. There are, however, individuals who may even die after getting medical treatment at a later point as a result of harsh damages to their heart muscle and some other effects on the heart.
There is a misconception that only men are affected by heart attacks. This notion is false as this disease does not discriminate like that, and it’s one of the main causes of death in both men and women. Men are more at risk of having a heart attack once they get to the age of 45 and women have higher chances of experiencing heart attacks after menopause, usually at a later stage in their lives around 50 years of age.
Since ages are not the only risk factor, there are other things that could increase the chances of one having a heart attack, such as one’s family history, diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, lack of exercise, smoking as well as being overweight. If one had a heart surgery in the past they also have a higher risk of having a heart attack.
Individuals who experience heart attacks have symptoms that vary. Their heart attacks differ in the severity of the pain and also symptoms they show. Some people do not show any symptoms at all. In most cases, if one has more of the symptoms, they have higher chances of getting a heart attack
If one has repeated angina (chest pain) experiences, it is an early symptom of a heart attack. Angina decreases the blood flow towards the heart. Other symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea
- Discomfort in the chest or experiencing mild pain
- Feeling pressure or tight squeezing around the chest, arms, neck, jaw as well as the back
- Feeling restless, clammy and sweaty