As the world is developing so are the diseases. Each passing year more than 7lakh people suffer heart risks due to various reasons; about half of them die at the first hour before reaching the hospital. Heart attack also widely known as MI myocardial infarction, it is the most painful form of ACS acute coronary syndrome. If you experience a heart attack you should follow certain preventive measures to survive a heart attack. Acting quickly might add life to your years, chances of survival is quite possible if acted in the nick of time.
Things to be followed during a heart attack
Firstly reach out to medical assistance if that takes long then do it yourself techniques might be helpful
Pay attention to abnormal chest pain: If you are feeling something heavy on your chest or heartburn, indigestion, squeezing or crushing pain then it is a symptom of heart attack.
A feeling of fullness in and around the chest, moderate to acute chest pain
Chest pain reaching to other parts of the body like neck, shoulder, jaw, teeth, abdomen and back
Be careful of other symptom/happenings: Chest pain combined with other indications show that you will be experiencing a heart attack, in some cases the victim might have little to no chest pain. Other indications such as shallow breathing, difficulty in breathing that you are unable to explain. Nausea, stomach pain, vomiting sensation and it should not be taken as symptoms of flu. Dizziness, spinning or moving sensation, lightheadedness, feeling that you will faint are symptoms of heart attack.
Feeling of anxiety
Heart attack in women is slightly different than men, though chest pain is the only hint but severity differs.
Women might undergo mild chest pain, it might be mild during rest and might increase during physical exertion.
Severe pain in the jaw, back, neck is another symptom.
Pain in upper abdomen, vomiting, nausea these symptoms are more likely in women than men do not confuse these happenings to acidity, cold sweats, heartburn, indigestion. Unexplained panic attacks, anxiety, mysterious fatigue, weakness. These symptoms might remain for few minutes or remain for few days.
Act quickly to these happenings/symptoms: Rather than sudden strike most of the heart attacks slowly grip the victim. Many people take it lightly for normal pain but they are unaware that they might need a sudden medical emergency. If you experience one or more symptoms of the above seek medical assistance. The symptoms might differ from person to person so do not ignore the persistent pain in any part of the body. Do not mistake the ailments for flu, heartburn etc, immediately seek doctors assistance.
Get help during a heart attack
Inform your family about your unexplained pain in the chest
Immediately call the doctor, restrict physical movement, don’t drive yourself to the medical centre, try and remain calm, pop a nitroglycerine or aspirin if possible, aspirin might deteriorate conditions ask your doctor and then go ahead
Health care after heart attack
Follow doctor’s advice, check your behavior & emotional changes, be aware of the risks of second cardiac arrest, bring changes in your lifestyle.
Few preventive measures for heart disease
Avoid high cholesterol foods
Regular exercise including walking, jogging, yoga, meditation
Say not to smoking
Healthy diet include rich source of fiber, low sodium diet
Consume Omega 3 rich foods for healthy heart foods like tuna, salmon will be helpful
These preventive measures will bring a good change in your physical and mental health. It will also reduce the risk of heart attack.
Be the ambassador of a healthy heart, take care of your health !