Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, that is one in four people. In the US someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds. Causes can come from many factors including diabetes, overweight, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), and smoking are leading risk factors. Heredity is also a risk factor.
How Your Heart Works
Your heart is an amazing organ. It works 24/7 pumping blood around your body giving each cell in your body oxygen and nutrition.
"Heart attacks have several major warning signs and symptoms:
Chest pain or discomfort.
Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or upper stomach.
Shortness of breath.
Nausea, lightheadedness, or cold sweats."
Everyone should know the symptoms and take immediate action. Don't wait thinking the pain is indigestion. Your life depends on immediate action -- You need immediate medical attention. Depending on where you live someone on the scene should call an immediate medical team like "911". A heart attack causes many disruption in the heart's activity. All kind of things start to go wrong. We all have seen TV programs in an Emergency Room) when a patient has all kinds of procedures being administered by a team of medical people trying to save a life.
After a medical ambulance is called, see if someone or two can perform (cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If there is emergency medical problem DO NOT attempt to drive a heart attack victim in your vehicle. Many heart disruptions start after a heart attack which might happen after you begin your journey. What would you do if your passenger started screaming with pain, stopped breathing, or whose skin starts to get ashen or bluish. Do not listen to a victim who insists he is not going to a hospital. As they say it is better to be safe than sorry. An emergency medical vehicle has supplies that can keep your heart going until you reach a hospital.