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Chest Pain

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What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack occurs when the supply of blood to the heart is low or completely zero. The stoppage of blood to the heart occurs due to the formation of fat, cholesterol, or other unnecessary particles that block the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This blockage is known as plaque.

It is a serious condition because plaque can destroy heart muscles and can prove life-threatening for you. Another name for a heart attack is myocardial infarction. Medical treatment of a heart attack is possible; however, the patient will need immediate assistance.

Causes of Heart Attacks

There are many causes and reasons for heart attacks. Some of them are:

  • Atherosclerosis: The primary cause is plaque build that stops the blood supply to the heart.
  • Blood Lumps
  • Torn Blood Vessels
  • A tremor in blood vessels

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Can Heart Attacks Be Prevented?

There are many reasons behind unnecessary fatty deposits in the arteries. However, there are many things you can do to prevent this medical condition from happening, such as:

  • Don’t Smoke: Smoking is one of the primary causes of heart issues around the world. If you are a heart patient and a smoker, you need to stop smoking immediately. It can minimize the possibility of you suffering from a heart attack.
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Regularly eat fruits, vegetables, and eat a protein-rich diet. Meat, beef, fish, and dry fruits are all helpful in maintaining a healthy heart.
  • Exercise: It doesn’t take much; just a half-hour of moderate-intensity exercise daily is enough to reduce the risk of any heart problem.
  • Limit Your Alcohol Intake: You need to stop drinking alcohol. Male adults should limit their daily alcohol intake to two drinks. For females, the recommended alcohol amount is one glass per day.
  • Work Closely with Your Doctor: Try to stay in touch with the doctor. Take your medications as prescribe by doctors and avoid all those foods which are harmful to your condition.

What are the Complications of Heart Attack?

  • Abnormal Heart Rhythms (arrhythmias): Electrical “short circuits” can grow from a heart attack, which can cause irregular heartbeats, some of which can be grave and may lead to the death of the patient.
  • Heart failure: One of the severe issues that patients can encounter is heart failure. Sometimes, the cardiac tissue damage is so intense that the patient cannot recover from it. It stops the ability of the heart to pump blood. It is sometimes a long-lasting or permanent condition, and symptoms can be severe to intense.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal and deadly. Sometimes heart stops without warning after changing heartbeats. Such a condition can arise from a heart attack and is always sudden and can result in an individual’s death if treatment is not provided.

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