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A Heart Attack is a life-threatening emergency! Learn the signs now, so you are prepared. Some Heart Attacks begin suddenly and intensely, but often the symptoms are much more veiled. If you or someone you are with has these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Even if you aren’t sure, it is better to get checked.
Also be aware that men’s symptoms and women’s symptoms can differ. Women’s most common symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to have shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, back pain or jaw pain.
Even if you think you are able to drive the possible heart attack victim to the ER, calling 9-1-1 is a faster way to get someone in distress help. Ambulance staff is equipped to immediately begin treatment as soon as they arrive. They also are able to revive a patient whose heart has stopped. CALL 9-1-1!
Treatment of a heart attack depends on what type of attack it was. All heart attacks are caused by some sort of blockage which prevents blood flow and starves the heart of oxygen. Here are
two types of blockages:
STEMI is a complete blockage in a coronary (heart) artery.
NSTEMI is a partial blockage in a coronary artery.
♥ Restoring blood flow to the damaged heart muscle
Clot-dissolving drugs, angioplasty, surgery, stents
♥ Testing to precisely determine blocked areas
Diagnostic angiogram, heart catheterization
♥ Lifestyle changes in diet and exercise
Eat a hearty healthy diet, 90–150 mins. of exercise weekly
♥ Maintenance Medications
Cholesterol meds, blood thinners, beta-blockers, diuretics
♥ Quit smoking