Heart Attacks in the United States
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States. The American Heart Association says nearly 785,000 people will experience their first heart attack and almost 470,000 who have had a heart attack will experience another one. Therefore, it is very important that you understand the signs of a heart attack and know what to do in the event of one.
A heart attack is the result of blood flow being cut off to the heart usually by blockage in the coronary arteries is formed. This blockage is caused by the formation of plaque in the arteries. The plaque is a fatty substance that builds up in the arteries and narrows its blood flow. Eventually, this can lead to complete blockage, keeping oxygen rich blood from flowing to the heart.
The Heart Needs Blood
The heart is a powerful muscle and is in need of oxygen-rich and nutrient-filled blood to flow through the heart. Without blood, the heart will begin to die. In the event of a heart attack, every second counts because the heart is being deprived of life sustaining blood flow. And with every second of being deprived of blood flow, heart muscle cells will die.
Common Signs of a Heart Attack in Progress
Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack in progress and seeking prompt medical attention will increase the odds of survival. Common signs include:
- Chest Pain
- Pounding Heart
- Difficulty Breathing
- Cold Sweats or Clammy Skin
Seek Medical Attention
The doctors at our Questcare Medical Clinics always recommend you call 911 in the event of a heart attack. It is better you go to the emergency room and be told you are not having a heart attack than experience one while staying at home. Heart attacks not treated quickly can lead to heart failure.
The doctors and medical staff at the Questcare Medical Clinics are committed to helping our patients maintain healthy hearts. If you are in need of seeing a doctor, please call one of our clinics conveniently located throughout the DFW metroplex to schedule an appointment.