Heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Knowing how to identify a heart attack and what causes them can be life-saving information. Here are three critical things about heart attacks: causes, symptoms, and pain. By understanding these factors, you can better protect yourself from this devastating condition and seek medical help if needed.
1. Causes: Heart attacks are caused by a blockage in the coronary artery, which prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching part of the heart muscle. Common causes include high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes. Risk factors for developing a heart attack include age, genetics, and lifestyle choices.
2. Symptoms: It is essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heart attacks to act quickly if needed. Symptoms can include chest pain, upper body pain, discomfort (in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach), shortness of breath, sweating, lightheadedness, or nausea.
3. Pain: Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack and can be severe or mild. It may feel like an uncomfortable heaviness in the chest, squeezing pain, pressure, or something else that causes discomfort. The pain can last for more than 15 minutes and is often intense. If you experience any of these symptoms, get medical attention immediately.
Knowing what causes heart attacks and the symptoms to look out for can be life-saving. Understanding the causes and symptoms could help you protect yourself from a heart attack and identify one quickly if it occurs. If you experience any symptoms or pain described above, seek medical attention immediately to prevent further damage.
Being informed about this potentially life-threatening condition can help you take steps to reduce your risk and stay healthy. As always, it is important to speak with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.
At Melody Living, we recognize the importance of staying informed about heart attacks. That’s why we provide resources to help seniors better protect themselves. Call us at 847-657-7070 for more information about our services and resources.
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