From the moment a heart attack begins until the event occurs, several potentially life-saving minutes pass. Known what the warning signs are.
A heart attack occurs when the heart’s cells stop receiving the blood they need to survive due to a sudden obstruction of one of the arteries.
When this happens, one of the heart’s walls is cut off from the blood supply which can trigger heart complications. It is therefore necessary to be very aware of the warning signs so that action can be taken as soon as possible.
The Heart Foundation of Argentina lists the following warning signs to be aware of:
- Chest pain. This feels like pressure or weight is being placed on this area.
- Radiating pain. From the chest, it expands to the arms, shoulder, neck, face, abdominal area or back.
- Shortness of breath, perspiration, dizziness, nausea or vomiting.
In the event of symptoms similar to this, go to a medical center to receive care as soon as possible, as these symptoms generally occur for about 20 minutes.
To reduce the risk of a myocardial infarction (heart attack), the heart foundation of Argentina recommends exercising, staying away from tobacco, reducing stress levels and treating preexisting medical conditions properly such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Also read A healthy heart.