Introduction to Heart Attacks
Commonly called heart attack, this condition is also known by other terms like myocardial infarction, acute myocardial infarction, coronary thrombosis, and coronary occlusion. A heart attack is the death of the heart muscle due to loss of blood supply caused due to blockage in one or more of the coronary arteries.
Heart attacks can be life-threatening, therefore, it is important to be aware of warning signs. Most people who die of a heart attack, die within the first hour after the onset of the symptoms. Hence, It is important to identify the symptoms of a heart attack and seek immediate medical attention to lessen the amount of damage to the heart and prevent death.
Measures like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and thrombolytic drugs (clot buster) when given early during the onset of the heart attack can help save the patientís life.
11 Interesting Facts on Heart Attacks
- A heart attack is one of the leading causes of unexpected deaths in the U.S. It is estimated that every 40th second someone in the U.S has a heart attack.
- It has emerged as the No.1 killer disease in both rural and urban areas. Every year 17.3 million lives are lost to this dreaded disease.
- Heart disease is the single largest cause of death in India. It has been estimated that 80% of all cardiovascular disease deaths have occurred in lower-middle income countries.
- Every year, approximately 790,000 Americans are estimated to have heart attacks. Of these almost 580,000 people have a heart attack for the first time, while for the rest 210,000 people have already had their first heart attack.
- Approximately 7 million people are estimated to be living with some form of cardiovascular disease in U.K. Every 3 minutes someone in UK has a heart attack.
- Heart attack has been the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. Every year 1 in 3 American women die of heart disease.
- Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms, which means that even if you have no symptoms of a heart attack, you may still be at risk of developing one.
- A heart attack may not always occur with the obvious symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath or cold sweats. It can happen to individuals without any indication, thereby is sometimes also referred as a silent heart attack.
- Coronary artery disease is considered to be the most common cause of heart attack, whereas, severe spasm or contraction of the coronary artery is a lesser known cause.
- In 2015, it was estimated that heart attacks claimed around 8,443 lives in Australia, i.e nearly 23 people died per day on an average.
- According to the Womenís Heart Foundation (WHF), women who are less than 50, are twice as likely to die from a heart attack than men of the same age range, mostly because women are more prone to ignore warning signs.
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