What Does a Heart Attack Look Like?

When someone mentions a heart attack we immediately picture a person who is clutching their chest due to severe pain. Some heart attacks can happen suddenly, while others start slowly and cause pain and discomfort which progress over time. In fact, a person can have symptoms for hours before even realizing that they are having a heart attack.

Every year more than 150, 000 Canadians suffer from this condition. Fortunately, with some healthy lifestyle changes, the risk of having a heart attack can be significantly reduced. People who wish to avoid this health problem or are recovering after a heart attack should stick to a healthy diet, exercise on a regular basis and avoid stressful situations.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of a heart attack:

Chest discomfort – Not all people experience chest pain in the same way. Some experience squeezing, while others a feeling of fullness.

Pain or discomfort throughout the body – Heart attack doesn’t have to cause pain only in the chest area. In fact, it can lead to soreness in the neck, arms, jaw or back.

Shortness of breath – Although it is often not recognized as one, shortness of breath can be a sign of a heart attack.

Nausea – Symptoms such as lightheadedness, vomiting, cold sweats and nausea are also signs that the person is having a heart attack.

Types of heart attacks:

NSTEMI – A restricted blood flow to the heart through a coronary leads to a heart attack.

Demand Ischemia – Some heart attacks have nothing to do with artery blockages. In fact, a heart attack can happen when the heart needs more oxygen than it is receiving.

Silent Heart Attacks – Some people have a heart attack without even knowing it. This type is called a silent heart attack.

Coronary Artery Spasm – When the artery wall tightens it can cause a restricted blood flow through the artery, which leads to a heart attack.

Cardiac Arrest – This is not exactly a heart attack, but a term used when a patient’s heart stops beating.

Recognizing the symptoms on time and acting accordingly can be a life-saver. If you experience these symptoms or you see someone having them, seek medical attention immediately.

Comfort Keepers Can Help

Maintaining good heart health becomes extremely important in senior years. Luckily, Comfort Keepers can help. Our caregivers can provide medication reminders, prepare nutritious meals, assist with various daily activities and support prescribed workout regimens.

If you have questions about home care services we deliver in Edmonton, AB, please call us today.



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