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What Is The Heart Attack ?

Definition:

 

  • Chest pain or pressure, usually due to not enough blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • It is usually due to obstruction or spasm of the coronary arteries.

 

Symptoms:

 

  • Chest pressure that radiates down the arm , into the neck or jaw.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sweating.
  • Patients with diabetes have an altered sensation of pain and may have markedly atypical symptoms.
  • Women may not have the same angina constellation of symptoms as men.

 

Treatments:

 

Treatment for heart attack depends on the case:

  • Behavior modification & exercise.
  • Aspirin may be recommended to make platelets less sticky to prevent clot formation and prevent heart attack. 
  • Long-acting nitroglycerin medications (Imdur, Nitropast).
  • Angioplasty and coronary artery bypass surgery.
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