Heart Attack

HEART ATTACK

Definition

A heart attack occurs when an artery that carries blood to the heart muscle is blocked.  The blocked artery cannot deliver blood and oxygen to part of the heart muscle.  That part of the heart muscle will be damaged or will die.  Because part of the heart muscle is not working properly, the heart attack victim will have chest pain and other symptoms.

Symptoms

A heart attack is life threatening.  If you have any of these symptoms, call for help immediately:

·         A heavy pressure or “squeezing” sensation in your chest, arms, or jaw

·         Sweating

·         Dizziness

·         Shortness of breath

·         Nausea and vomiting

Note: If you are with a person who seems to be having a heart attack,

·         Call for medical help immediately, even if the victim denies the symptoms.

·         Stay with the victim.

·         Do not give him/her anything except a prescribed heart medication.

Tips

Have your blood pressure checked by your physician on a regular basis.

If you are diabetic or have heart disease, control these problems with your doctor's help.

Eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, drink alcohol in moderation, and don't smoke.

Call your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of heart problems.