Heart Attack Symptoms and Prevention
Myocardial infarction is the death of heart muscle tissues which happens when a blood clot blocks the blood flow in one of the arteries fueling the heart. Blood clots are usually formed due to massive damage to blood vessels caused by atherosclerosis.
Primary prevention of a heart attack is normally build around a healthy lifestyle, whereas secondary prevention is aimed at preventing a repeated cardiovascular catastrophe after a heart attack has already occured, and usually requires medication.
The main cause of myocardial infarction is atherosclerosis, which is a blockage of blood vessels with cholesterol plaques. Few people know that atherosclerosis starts at a young age, in fact, as early as adolescence. This is why it is recommended to think of keeping your arteries clean as early as possible. Typically, people start living more healthily only after they have suffered a heart attack or a stroke, but it would be much wiser to develop healthy habits beforehand, and even wiser to involve your family in living a healthy lifestyle.
Preventing a heart attack: key points
- The main enemy is not cholesterol, but chronic inflammation.
- Tooth decay, gingivitis, and chronic kidney infections contribute to a considerable increase in the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Low-carb diet helps. Low-calorie, or “fat-free” diet does not.
- Sleep apnea (respiratory arrest during sleep) and high iron levels in the blood are serious heart attack risk factors among men.
Symptoms among men
A decrease in sexual potency at the age from 30 to 50 is a serious symptom. It could mean that penial arteries have been damaged by atherosclerosis. If so, heart problems may soon occur. Since atherosclerosis is a systemic disease, it affects blood vessels in different parts of the body simultaneously. Due to the way male organism is built, impotence is a warning sign which will be followed by a heart attack or a stroke unless some action is taken.
It has been proven by numerous clinical studies that when it comes to cardiovascular disorders, sexual potency problems are a serious risk factor. If you notice any changes of this sort, it means it’s time to take your health seriously!
Symptoms among women
For women the problem with diagnosing a heart attack is that its symptoms are usually unclear in comparison to those of men.
A discomfort in the chest seemingly related to digestion problems and so often confused with the need to burp is a common symptom of heart disease among women. Among other possible signs of myocardial infarction are chest pain that may radiate to the jaw, and fatigue that emerges for no obvious reason. Women should always rely on their intuition when they feel something is wrong with their bodies. Consult your doctor immediately and never attribute your symptoms to plain suspiciousness. Take the time to get an ECG and measure your blood pressure.
Prevention for people of all ages
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle from a young age is the most reliable means of heart attack prevention. Wise choices made today will bring along a brighter tomorrow. The sooner you start to eat right and exercise regularly, the healthier your middle age and retirement will be. Remember that it is never too late to start living healthily.
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