Heart Disease – The Silent Killer

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Symptoms of Heart Disease

The main symptoms of heart disease are chest pain and tightness. As a muscle, the heart needs a good oxygen supply to keep pumping effectively. When there is narrowing of the coronary arteries there is less oxygen going to the heart muscle. This heart muscle can then develop cramp, just like any other muscle in the body. This heart cramp is known medically as angina. Initially, angina tends to come on when the heart is under extra pressure, for example, when exercising, such as climbing stairs or walking in cold weather, or when we are under stress. In other words, any situation where the heart has to work harder and therefore needs more oxygen can cause angina. Angina typically causes central-chest tightness and discomfort, often radiating upwards towards the jaw and sometimes down the left arm. It is often described as being like a tightness or pressure on the chest. An attack of angina is generally eased by rest.

Other symptoms of heart disease can include feeling short of breath when exercising, not being able to do as much as previously and getting tired easily. However, many people with heart disease have no symptoms at all until they have a heart attack.

Heart Attack

This is the biggest killer in Irish men. It is also known as myocardial infarction or coronary thrombosis. What happens is that one of the coronary arteries becomes completely blocked, causing severe cramp in the heart and causing the affected area of muscle to die if its blood supply is not restored relatively quickly. This can lead to serious irregularities of the heartbeat and the heart can stop completely. If the heart is not restarted within 3 minutes, either by resuscitation (CPR) or by the use of an external defibrillator, then irreversible brain and heart damage will occur.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Symptoms of a heart attack include a central crushing chest pain (like an elephant sitting on your chest), often radiating upwards to the neck and down either arm, more commonly the left arm, or down into your tummy area. This is often associated with profuse sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, a sense of nausea or vomiting, and feeling acutely unwell. These symptoms are often compounded by an acute sense of fear or stress, which causes a massive adrenaline release to make the heart try to work Viagra for sale in Canada even harder and harder, which makes the pain worse and worse. Clearly symptoms such as these need immediate medical attention. Early detection and treatment of heart attack can be life-saving. Clot-busting drugs have become available in recent years that can literally dissolve the blockage in your artery if given quickly enough.