Sometimes it is necessary not to let the pain pass and go to the doctor immediately
According to the World Health Organization, deaths from cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide. That is why information about symptoms is as important as it is vital. The truth is that some of these symptoms can go unnoticed or be confused with other conditions, thus putting life at risk.
A few days ago, in Argentina, a renowned television journalist and deputy passed away after undergoing an endoscopy. Débora Volpin had gone to the doctor after suffering intense stomach pains, and although it was later discovered that the cause of death was perforation of the esophagus (it remains to be known if the perforation was prior to the study or during it), much was said in the media about that the journalist could have suffered a heart attack since the stomach pains she indicated were characteristic of this heart condition.
When a heart attack warns
The term myocardial infarction, according to the United States National Library of Medicine, refers to the blockage of the coronary arteries, which happens when a blood clot blocks them. It is these arteries that carry oxygen to the heart muscle, so if oxygen is lacking, the heart stops and the heart cells die.
Cardiac arrests can be stopped, if the symptoms are taken into account in time. According to the site El Confidencial, 75% of deaths occur in the first hour from the moment a person notices the symptoms of a heart attack. And if you act in time, the probability of survival is 95%.
A symptom that is confused
There are many symptoms through which the body warns that you are about to have a heart attack, but before detailing them all, we are going to stop at one in particular, since it can be the least common and most dangerous symptom, since the person associates it with another type of temporary condition: stomach pain or a sensation of heartburn.
According to the Healthy Liver site, heartburn or severe stomach pain can be mistaken for symptoms of a heart attack. Heat, burning, or pain in the area between the navel and the lower part of the breastbone can indicate that you are about to have a heart attack, but many people can associate it with indigestion. Initially, you can feel heartburn that rises up the esophagus and “burns” us, but that sensation and pain may be caused by obstruction of blood flow to the heart (angina pectoris) or by a real heart attack.
But, to be specific, there are substantial differences from the feeling of real heartburn and the feeling of heartburn and heartburn that causes a heart attack:
Real heartburn tends to be worse after eating and at bedtime
Heartburn is often relieved by medications that lower stomach acid levels, while heartburn is not relieved by medication
Real heartburn does not cause symptoms such as shortness of breath and the feeling of suffocation that causes a heart attack
Classic symptoms of a heart attack
There are some symptoms that can warn us in time that a heart attack is about to occur:
Fatigue and breathing difficulties
Chest pain that can spread to the arm and back
Indigestion, nausea, and vomiting
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Difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest
Sometimes the concept of heart attack is confused with that of cardiac arrest. The heart is a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body. When this muscle stops beating, that is, it stops pumping blood, a cardiac arrest is said to occur.
In contrast, a heart attack occurs when the heart continues to beat normally, but the blood cannot reach it and oxygenate it, due to a blockage of the blood vessels.
Nieca Goldberg, spokesperson for the American Heart Association, said in an interview for Quo : “People who are at risk of having a heart attack are those who have a family history of this disease, as well as high cholesterol levels, from blood pressure, who suffer from diabetes, who do not exercise and who smoke.
So we can avoid a heart attack
We know that cardiovascular diseases are closely related to quality of life. According to the WHO, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and regular lack of physical activity are all risk factors that cause the heart to slowly get sick or start to fail.
Therefore, if you want to prevent a heart attack, the best thing you can do is follow these tips from the German Hospital of Argentina:
Give up smoking
Do aerobic activity at least 3 times a week, regardless of age
Eat a healthy diet, increasing the intake of fibers, vegetables and fruits
Take a regular medical check-up
The healthiest thing is always to prevent. Avoiding excesses and leading a healthy life can give us the benefit of a long and healthy life.