Patient discussion about heart attack

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Q. what should I do to prevent heart attack?

A1The American Heart Association recommends that heart attack prevention begin by age 20. This means assessing your risk factors and working to keep them low. For those over 40, or those with multiple risk factors, it’s important to calculate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the next 10 years. Many first-ever heart attacks or strokes are fatal or disabling, so prevention is critical. The sooner you begin comprehensive risk reduction, the longer and stronger your heart will beat. For the full article and a quiz to test your heart health:
the abc's of preventing a heart attack: Hope this helps.
A2whooooohooo! because i have a very bad genetics in that part- i'm a bit obsessed by it.
heart problems caused by numerous things:
smoking, fat in the blood, high cholesterol, Diabetes, your genetics and some other things (but not as important as those five). you might want to check them up and prevent them from happening.
here is a tutorial about heart attacks:
and here is what to do about it:
A3There are many things that can cause a heart attack. Stress is one of the biggest factors in our society today and its hard to prevent .Yoga or other relaxing techniques can really help in that area. Omega-3 fish oils are very good for the heart function.OPC-3 plays a very good role in blood circulation and helps to prevent platlets from clogging arteries. It contains a red wine extract, grapeseed extract,bilberry and pycnogenol. If you are taking Cumidine or another type blood thinner, it is not recommended to take this product. The best thing to do is talk to your Doctor.Ask him about these natural products for prevention. Exercise and prevention are the best tools we have available to us. Healthy eating habits and maintaing a healthy weight are very important. Regular check-ups with your doctor are extremely important even if it's just a yearly physical. Take care and best wishes.

Q. What is a heart attack mean?

Aheart attack is when the heart muscle doesn't get enough oxygen. cells start dying and it can cause a permanent damage. if it's in a big area- it can cause the heart to stop working. mostly it happens when the arteries get plugged by fat, takes years to accumulate but when it happens- it can be deadly.

Q. Is it true that Zocor helps to prevent heart attacks?

I am a 54 years old male, and I have family history of cardio vascular diseases. My physician prescribed me Zocor and said it will lower the chance for heart attacks. If it is true how come not all of the population is taking this drug? Is it really a good way to prevent cardio vasculare diseases?
A1there are several drugs that are used to decrease the chance of a heart attack and i heard Zocor is one of them. it is a good prevention method but it won't help every one and it shouldn't be used without the GP's recommendation
A2Zocor is a drug that is used to lower the risk of heart attack. It works by lowering the LDL (the bad cholesterol). The reason why not everyone is taking it is that not every one has a high bad cholesterol.

Q. what is the best drug to prevent heart attack?

AThere is not a magic drug that prevents heart attacks, however, since we are nowadays familiar with the risk factors that cause heart attacks at a higher prevalence (diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol, etc.) a good preventative treatment should include controlling all of the above- especially with the help of proper dieting and exercise. People who are over 55 (men) and over 65 (women) and have risk factors, should consult their physicians regarding medications for cholesterol/ high blood pressure and also having Aspirin at home for an emergency.

Q. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack?

I am 63 years old, suffering from chronic hypertension and diabetes for many years now. I know I'm at a very high risk for developing a heart attack, and I would like to know- what are the signs of having a heart attack?
A1The complaint that most patients undergoing a heart attack (or- myocardial infarction) come with to the emergency room is severe sharp chest pain, that may or may not be related to physical activity. This pain can be described as pressure or burning sensation. It often radiates to other places such as the left arm, neck or jaw. Sometimes there are other gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea and vomiting. Sometimes there is even trouble breathing that requires ventilation. This combination of signs and symptoms is a "red flag" and it is advised to be examined by a doctor.
A2The onset of symptoms in myocardial infarction (MI or- heart attack) is usually gradual, over several minutes, and rarely instantaneous. Chest pain is the most common symptom of acute myocardial infarction and is often described as a sensation of tightness, pressure, or squeezing. Pain radiates most often to the left arm, but may also radiate to the lower jaw, neck, right arm, back, and upper abdomen, where it may mimic heartburn. This can be accompanied by general bad feeling, fatigue, sweating, palpitations, nausea or vomiting. At any sudden onset of debilitating chest pain, you must seek medical help.

Q. What Are the Risk Factors for Developing a Heart Attack?

What factors are known today to be increasing the risk of developing a heart attack?
A1Here's a short review on the known factors that increase risk of developing an acute MI (heart attack)-
The main ones are of course- family history, age, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
A2The risk factors that are known to be connected with higher risk of developing myocardial infarction ("MI" or- heart attack) are the ones causing atherosclerosis: older age, tobacco smoking, Hypercholesterolemia (especially high LDL-cholesterol levels and low HDL-cholesterol levels), diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity (especially with BMI over 30) and stress. Familial history of heart disease or heart attack at a young age (under 50) is also a considerable risk factor.

Q. Can dental anesthesia trigger a heart attack?

I have heart problems and about to go to the dentist to do a root canal.
AWell, it's a very very rare complication, and one that dentists know how to and should avoid, but if the anesthetic substance reach a blood vessel it may cause problems with the functions of the heart (mainly the heart rhythm, less commonly the normal heart attack).

However, if you have heart problem, especially problems with the valves of the heart you should inform your doctor and your dentist - you may need to receive antibiotics prior to the dental procedure in order to prevent infective endocarditis (infection of the heart valves).

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