Heart Attack

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What is a Heart Attack?

Heart attack, also known as a “MI” or a “myocardial infarction” means that blood suddenly stops flowing to part of the heart. This can cause damage to that area.

The heart pumps blood through the body in order to stay alive. Blood flows to the heart and the body through tubes called blood vessels.

Sometimes, blood vessels become blocked. This stops the flow of blood to the heart. This is called a “heart attack.” A heart attack is a serious health concern.

diagram of heart with expanded picture of blood vessel with yellow blockage

Symptoms of a Heart Attack
  • Chest pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain down the left arm or both arms
  • Light headed
  • Sweating

If this happens, call 911 right away.

Prevention
  • Healthy Diet – Replace your junk food, such as chips and pretzels, with fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise – Exercise daily by walking, biking, running, swimming, etc.
  • Avoid smoking – Try to avoid secondhand smoke
  • Know your risks – If you are over 65 years of age, male, or have a family history
  • Reduce stress – Get a good night’s sleep

 

For more Information:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0021982/

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/myocardial-infarction

Section created by Kelly MacGilvray 2017.5