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Heart Attack


Happens when something has blocked the flow of blood into your heart, and a part of your heart has died.

What to look for


Symptoms are sudden crushing pain in chest, often spreading to the arms, neck and jaw. Possibly also breathlessness. Sometimes there are no symptoms.

The heart has to rely on its own blood supply that provides it with the oxygen and nutrients so that it can function properly. Then the supply of oxygen to a certain part of the heart is interrupted, that are of the heart stops working. The starved heart tissues dies if the attack lasts too long. This event defines heart attack, otherwise known as myocardial infarction.

When you suspect that you are having a heart attack you should never wait until it is over before seeking help. Most heart attacks usually lasts for several hours. The signs of a heart attack may be no more than faintness, nausea or breathlessness, and in some cases there are no symptoms at all. However most heart attacks produce some pain. The pain of a serious attack has been likened to a giant fist enclosing and squeezing the heart. And if the heart attack is mild it may be mistaken for heartburn. The pain may be constant or intermittent.

Normally patients with heart attacks have been suffering angina previous to the attack. the plain is very similar and brought on by exertion or excitement and lasts only a few minutes and the heart is not permanently damaged) and sometimes there are no warning signs.

There is possible difficulties that can happen while you are in hospital with a heart attack /stroke, obstruct heart failure, formation of blood clots in the legs or heart, and aneurism in a weakened heart chamber. It will normally take around three months to fully recover from a heart attack.



Most heart attacks are the result of coronary heart disease, it is the condition that clogs arteries with fatty deposits. It can also be blood clots which forms on the top of the fatty deposits which actually cause the heart attack. There are certain triggers that will lead to a heart attack in a certain person. The major ones are the ones with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, an inactive lifestyle and obesity. Stress, exertion and excitement can act as triggers for an attack.
Men who are over the age of 50 with a family history of heart disease are inclined to heart attack.


By doing regular aerobic exercise highly enhances efforts to help prevent or recover from heart attack. However you must be extremely careful not to over overwork yourself. Exercise under supervision while you are in the recovery phase.
Reducing stress by training the mind and body to relax may help also prevent heart attack and can help in recovery.

Dietary Considerations

It is advisable to eat a low fat diet with very little salt, sugar, alcohol in order to reduce cholesterol, control blood pressure and weight this will help reduce the possibility of further heart attacks. To help prevent heart attacks you should eat food that is rich in magnesium such as bran, dark green vegetables, nuts, fish and beans.

Antioxidants supposedly may help with heart disease as well as supplements such as B complex, C, E, chromium, calcium, potassium, Evening Primrose Oil, and garlic.

Personal Care


You can still be somewhat active but just be very careful.
Do not take birth-control pills if you have had a heart attack
Get a pet. Pet owners recover more quickly from heart attacks



You should try to relax and control negative volatile emotions such as anger.
You should talk to your doctor about taking an aspirin daily.

When to seek further professional advice


When you or someone you are with shows signs of a heart attack.
If you are suffer from chest pain and you begin to experience pain that is similar but does not respond to medication; this may indicate that a heart attack is under way.
If your angina attacks become more frequent and serious
If you are taking aspirin to help prevent heart attack and your stool appears black and tarry.

Alternative Choices


Herbal Therapies: Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) is perhaps the most helpful, as it dilates coronary arteries and improves the function in the heart. Hawthorn also is believed to help speed recovery from an attack.
There are other herbs that are used to treat heart conditions, such as nettle, raw garlic and lime flowers (linden)
Bach Flower Remedies : Try willow and holly essences: 4 drops on the tongue, up to 4 times daily.

Traditional Treatment


This condition must be treated by traditional medicine.
Victims with heart attacks are normally hospitalized in a special coronary care unit for at least 3 days. Special drug therapy is used and the patient may have to be operated on.
The patient will have to be observed closely for a period of time and administered the appropriate medications and drugs.
While patients are recovering gentle exercise is recommended, but nothing that requires too much exertion.
Long-term recovery from heart attack requires extreme adjustments: Habits such as eating high-fat foods, heavy drinking and smoking has to go.
Most heart attack survivors take a daily aspirin tablet to thin there blood just as a safety precaution.
There are other drugs may also be prescribed, depending on the individual case.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-22