About one million Americans die every year from heart disease. It’s by far the deadliest disease, and it impacts men and women with equal ferocity.
A heart attack is one of the most common forms of heart disease, and well over 700,000 Americans suffer one every year. Almost 2 people suffer a heart attack every minute of every day in the U.S.
Heart Attack – What Is It, and What are the Warning Signs?
Given those alarming statistics, it’s obviously a good idea to know what signs & symptoms accompany a heart attack. But first, let’s clearly define what exactly a heart attack is.
A heart attack (or technically speaking, a myocardial infraction) happens when the heart muscle is damaged due to lack of blood flow to any part of the heart. Damage could be relatively minor, to just a small section of the heart, or it could be catastrophic, resulting in death.
The key to surviving a heart attack is immediate medical attention. If a heart attack victim receives prompt care in an ER setting, the survival rate is better than 90%. And immediate care is possible if you’re aware of a heart attack’s symptoms. Here are 10 things to look for:
- Chest pain
- Jaw discomfort
- Severe tooth pain
- Excessive sweating
- Trouble breathing
- Arm pain
- Abnormal indigestion discomfort
- Back pain, especially in the upper back area
Any one of these conditions, or a combination of multiple incidents, could result in a heart attack. Obviously, situational lifestyle plays a part, so it’s not 100% accurate. If you’ve just eaten $15 worth of fast food and are running a 5k, you may experience bad indigestion along with sweating; that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily having a heart attack. It probably just means…you’ve just consumed fast food and ran a 5k.
Pay attention to the warning signals, live as healthy as possible, get regular health checkups – the recipe for avoiding heart attacks is fairly straightforward, and Banner Urgent Care can help with regular checkups. Along with our extensive immediate care medical attention, we can help you devise a long-term health plan that’s heart-friendly, and wallet-friendly, too!
Our affordable, community-based care is available at any of our Nevada and Arizona clinics, and more locations are on the way! To learn more about Banner Urgent Care, call our office at (480) 988-9108.