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What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack could be fatal and occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart muscle, becomes blocked.
Signs/Symptoms of A Heart Attack
Signs/symptoms of A heart Attack are usually gradual over a certain amount of time, and it is never expected. It comes instantaneous and could leave you in a deadly state. Some signs you should look out for when having a heart attack are;
- Chest pain
- Pain in the left arm
- Pain in the lower jaw, neck, right arm, and back
- Clenching of fist over the sternum
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and light- headedness
Causes Of A Heart Attack
A heart attack can be caused from:
- Emotional stress or pain
- Exposure to extreme cold
- Cigarette smoking
- Consumption of certain drugs. Ex: Cocaine
- Artery supplying oxygen-rich blood becomes blocked
How Can A Heart Attack Be Treated
A heart Attack can be treated through; anti-platelet medications, anti-coagulant medications, clot-dissolving medications, supplemental oxygen, medications to prevent abnormal heart rhythms, medications to decrease the need for oxygen by the hearts muscle, and a coronary angiography. The main priority in treatment for heart attacks is to open the block artery and restore blood flow to the heart muscle, this is a process called reperfusion.
- Anti-platelet medications: Are prescribed to prevent the formation of blood clots in the arteries. (Examples: Aspirin, Ticlopidine, and Clopidogrel)
- Anti-coagulant medications: Prescribed to prevent the growth of blood clots in the arteries.(Examples: Heparin, and Warfarin)
- Clot-dissolving drugs: Prescribed to open blocked arteries.
- Supplemental Oxygen: increase the supply of oxygen to the heart’s muscle
- Medicines to prevent abnormal heart rhythms
- Coronary Angiography: Procedure to open the blocked artery.
- Medicines to decrease the need for oxygen by the hearts muscle