Ladies and gentlemen, I really think that you’ll be shocked when we tell you that there are more than 1 million death cases per 1 year in United States that are caused by Cardiovascular diseases and Coronary artery disease – CAD, which can cause a heart attacks.
Did you know that heart attack is the most common cardiovascular disease? The answer is YES and heart attack usually happens when there isn’t any blood flowing to certain parts of your heart and the most common cause is artery blockage (plaque). The plaque is built-up inside the arteries and it creates a blood clot which can block the blood flow.
Unfortunately, the cardiovascular diseases come with “no warning”, or, at least that is what we believe. The experts claim that heart attacks have several common symptoms, but most people are not aware of these – well, not until it is too late. And there are many different people who actually notice that something is wrong, but they don’t pay too much attention to the problem and leave it without any proper treatment.
Early detection is the KEY. A recent study, conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that 92%of the sufferers experienced chest discomfort as an early symptom of a heart attack. Only 27% of them knew that this symptom indicated a heart attack and knew that it was the time to call 9-1-1.
- Shortness of breath – well, this means that if you are not asthmatic or if you are not dealing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, your inability to catch breath may indicate only a few things – and heart attack is one of them. You should also know that dizziness is also a common symptom of heart attack and cardiovascular ailments, especially when it is accompanied with shortness of breath.
- Chest pain – well, most people know that chest pain is also a common symptom they are aware of its meaning. This can be triggered by various factors, including muscle cramping, lack of vitamins and minerals, pulmonary diseases and other the like. The medical experts claim that the pain that leads to a heart attack is usually located right under the breast bone, or slightly in the left side of the center.
- Dizziness – if you experience irregular and fast heart rate followed by shortness of breath, weakness, and dizziness, then you should see a doctor immediately, because this may be a sign of a sudden heart attack. Sometimes this symptom is associated with arrhythmia and heart failure. Consider treating this condition, because when left untreated it may result in devastating health problem.
- Fatigue – you should also know that this is a common symptom of an upcoming heart attack. A group of medical experts from the British Heart Foundation have found that women are more likely to experience tiredness or weakness, or both, prior a heart attack.
- Persistent Cough – well, in most cases, this isn’t a sign of heart trouble. But if you have heart disease or know you’re at risk, pay special attention to the possibility. If you have a long-lasting cough that produces a white or pink mucus, it could be a sign of heart failure. This happens when the heart can’t keep up with the body’s demands, causing blood to leak back into the lungs.
- Swelling – and last, but not least important: swelling! How this works – well, the heart`s struggle to pump blood may cause the blood to swell, resulting in a bloating-like effect. Note: your legs, feet and ankles are the major points of swelling. Ladies and gentlemen, if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should consult your doctor immediately and do your regular check-up.