What Does a Heart Attack Look Like?

When someone clutches their chest due to strong pain, most people immediately suspect that they are having a heart attack. However, some heart attacks don’t happen suddenly. In fact, a person can have symptoms for ours before realizing what is happening.

Every year more than 150,000 people in Canada suffer from a heart attack. Fortunately, healthy lifestyle choices such as regular physical activity, good nutrition, and stress-free life can minimize the risk of having a heart attack or help those who are recovering after one.

Memorizing the most common symptoms of a heart attack can be a real life-saver.

Chest discomfort – While some people experience discomfort in the form of squeezing, others have a feeling of fullness.

Pain or discomfort throughout the body – Heart attack doesn’t only cause chest pain. In fact, a person who is having a heart attack can feel pain in the neck, arms, jaw or back.

Shortness of breath – Most people do not recognize this as one of the symptoms, but it can be a sign that a heart attack is occurring.

Nausea – Vomiting, cold sweats and nausea can also signal the onset of a heart attack.

Types of heart attacks:

NSTEMI – When blood flow to the heart through a coronary artery is severely restricted it causes this type of heart attack.

Demand Ischemia – This type of heart attack can happen when the heart needs more oxygen than the body is able to provide.

Silent Heart Attacks – A silent heart attack is one that occurs without the patient’s knowledge.

Coronary Artery Spasm – This heart attack happens when the artery wall tightens and blood flow through the artery becomes restricted.

Cardiac Arrest – This is a term used when a patient’s heart stops beating.

Recognizing the symptoms as early as possible and seeking medical attention on time can save your life and drastically prevent damage this condition can cause.

Comfort Keepers Can Help

Maintaining heart health becomes more important as we age, and Comfort Keepers can help you achieve this goal. Our caregivers can assist you or your loved one with medication reminders, transportation, and meal preparation. They can also support prescribed exercise regimens and increase your quality of life.

With home care services delivered by Comfort Keepers, seniors are able to age independently at home and find happiness in each day. Call our office in Vancouver, BC today to learn more about our care solutions.

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