Cardiac arrest or a heart attack is a leading cause of premature death around the world.
Stress, junk food, lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure, too much alcohol and an unhealthy lifestyle are the biggest culprits.
Very often a cardiac arrest catches you unawares but it is possible to recognize early symptoms and not be caught unawares.
Symptoms of Heart Attack:
The following symptoms may be indicative of “A Cardiac Arrest On Its Way”
Shortness of Breath- Breathing difficulty or shortness of breath just means a heart attack around the corner. As your heart gets less blood, your lungs do not get enough oxygen. This is a critical indicator and if you suddenly feel short of breath, just make a dash to your doctor.
Dizziness- Less blood flow means less blood circulation to the brain as well and hence the dizziness. Though it could be an indicator of other problems, it could be an indicator of an upcoming heart problem as well
Cold Sweat- Breaking into cold sweat is a big red flag and calls for an immediate visit to the doctor
Fatigue- General weakness is often a result of poor blood circulation and less oxygen due to narrowed arteries. As the heart gets reduced blood supply, there is subsequent less oxygenation and consequently fatigue and weakness.
Chest Discomfort- Most patients with heart attacks often complain of tightness, discomfort in the chest over months and the tightness may build up till an actual heart attack happens.
Angiography or an angiogram can tell us on the number of blocked arteries, in which case stenting or angioplasty may be required.
Sometimes, an open heart surgery may also be required.
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