What Are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

Symptoms of a Heart Attack:-

A heart attack occurs when the normal fl ow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is obstructed. The obstruction is usually a build up of fatty, cholesterol and other sticky materials, that form a thick plaques in the coronary arteries. At times, a solid plaque can break away from the plaque and bleed to the brain or other vital organs. When this happens, the person dies because the heart, lungs and other essential organs are deprived of oxygen.

Most people have heard of some of the classic symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea  and sweating. However, there are many people who don’t even realize that they are having a heart attack. There are also many people who are too ashamed to go to the hospital for a checkup. They are afraid that they will be found out that they are suffering from an illness that could result in their death.

A heart attack often starts without any obvious symptoms. The person may  experience some mild, temporary pain in their chest, with perhaps a feeling of tightness. This pain can quickly become intense and may continue to get worse. Some people also report a choking sensation in their chest, but it is not generally painful.

A heart attack does not always involve an immediate emergency medical call.  In fact, it is not uncommon for someone to feel no symptoms whatsoever. One of  the first steps in treating a heart attack is to go see your family doctor and tell him what you are experiencing. Your family doctor is a highly trained medical professional who is trained to respond to emergencies and he will likely send you to see a specialist or to go to the hospital to be tested.

You can take steps to help prevent a heart attack by keeping your weight at a  healthy level. Being overweight increases the risk of a heart attack because overweight individuals are at a higher risk of having a blood pressure (hypertension) that is difficult to control. Hypertension can cause fainting, swelling in the legs and arteries (angina), a rapid weight gain and poor mental functions. Being overweight and having high blood pressure can increase your chances of developing a stroke. Smoking also contributes to the risk factors for stroke and can cause or worsen angina.

Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood. This makes a person more susceptible to oxygen deprivation. You have already been told to stop smoking  if you have been diagnosed with or plan to have a heart attack, but even if you are not yet at risk factors for stroke, quitting smoking would still help prevent it. Your doctor may advise you to stop smoking as well as other tobacco products such as cigars. Changing your lifestyle and not taking anything for too long after eating can also help prevent heart attack.

Many people who suffer from TMJ complain of earaches, facial pain and  discomfort, dizziness and neck pain. This is because the TMJ muscle irritates the joint. It tightens when there is a slight movement and loosens when relaxed. In some people, toothache and tooth sensitivity, headaches, back pain and muscle and joint discomfort are symptoms of TMJ. The pain from a heart attack can also lead to severe discomfort from the jaw, face and neck.

When you feel discomfort from the jaw, facial pain and blurred vision, this can  all be symptoms of coronary artery disease. Heart attacks occur when a blood vessel in the heart muscle becomes infected, clogged or narrowed and causes a lack of blood flow to that area. Since the heart muscle controls all of the blood flow to the body, it is very important to avoid smoking, reducing stress, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.

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