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Are you having a heart attack? 4 things you need to know

The first vital question on this topic is this: What is the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest? A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly. A heart attack is a “circulation” problem and sudden cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem.

Here are some facts you need to know:

Chest discomfort

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and then comes back. It may feel like an uncomfortable level of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

Silent heart attack

You can have a heart attack without knowing it. People with diabetes are more likely to have what’s called a “silent heart attack.” You may not experience any of the expected symptoms like chest pain. However, you may feel nauseous, short of breath, or even feel faint.

Most common time for a heart attack

According to a Readers Digest article, heart attacks are 40 percent more common between 6 a.m. and noon than at other times of the day. Similarly, sudden cardiac deaths are 29 percent more common in the morning.

What to do if you are having a heart attack?

Call for help immediately. Also, sit or lie still and slowly chew one 300 mg aspirin tablet—aspirin helps minimize heart damage or development of a dangerous blood clot by reducing the “stickiness” of the platelets that play an important part in blood clotting.

Also, make sure your door is unlocked so people can get into your house. Don’t eat or drink anything, and phone a relative, neighbor, or friend to come wait with you.

Do you have any questions relating to the above topic? Drop a comment below!

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