The more you know about your body and your health, the better off you will be in the long run. Health scares can strike at any moment, so it’s important to be educated about how your body works.
And you obviously need to pay special attention to your heart, the life center of your entire being. This article focuses on the most common heart ailments, their differences, and what to do if you notice any warning signs. Take care of that heart of yours!
1. Heart Attack
A heart attack occurs when oxygenated blood stops flowing to the heart. There are several symptoms that can predict a heart attack, including: discomfort in the chest, shortness of breath, a creeping sense of anxiety, body aches (particularly in the left arm), and excessive coughing.
If you notice signs of a heart attack, never hesitate to call 911 or go to an emergency room!
2. Cardiac Arrest
There is a difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack. The former happens when the heart suddenly stops beating due to an electrical system malfunction problem. Warning signs of a cardiac arrest are gasping or trouble breathing, blacking out, and a sudden loss of reactions.
If someone goes into cardiac arrest, call 911 and give them CPR immediately. If an emergency defibrillator is available, use it on the victim.
A stroke takes place when blood flow to the brain is cut off and brain cells suffer from a lack of oxygen. Early warning signs of a stroke include numbness or weakness in the face or on one side of the body, slurred speech and trouble with comprehension, a sudden, severe headache, and the inability to see in one or both eyes.
You should immediately call 911 if this happens to someone in your presence.
4. Coronary Heart Disease
CHD happens when the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood and oxygen narrow over time. If the blood becomes completely blocked, a person will have a heart attack. People who are over 50 and are at risk of heart disease should consider taking a low-dose aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
CHD warning signs are chest pain on the left side or middle of the chest and shortness of breath. You can help prevent CHD with a healthy diet and exercise.
An irregular heartbeat sometimes occurs without any warning signs at all. EKG tests help doctors detect arrhythmia. There are two types of arrhythmia, each with its own set of warning signs.
Tachycardia symptoms include dizziness, fainting, weakness, or difficulty breathing. Bradycardia may be foreshadowed by excessive sweating, tiredness, trouble concentrating, or chest pain. CPR should be administered in cases of arrhythmia.
6. Heart Failure
When the heart doesn’t pump blood properly, heart failure is the result. Symptoms include a racing heart, intolerance to exercise, a sore throat, swelling in the ankles, loss of appetite, and fluid and water retention.
If you are present and someone suffers heart failure, have them chew on an aspirin and begin CPR if the person is unconscious.
Learning about the warning signs of various heart afflictions can literally mean the difference between life and death, so pay attention and educate yourself!
h/t: Bright Side