Have you ever felt like your chest was in a vice, squeezing out every breath? As if 100 seals are piled on top of one another only to crush the life out of you? No wait, as if an elephant has decided to throw a party on your torso! Congratulations, my friend. You have just experienced what medical professionals call Angina Pectoris or how we normal people refer it “my heart’s crying for help”.
But if this feeling lingers beyond 20 minutes and doesn’t fade away even after consuming mints. Then there’s reason to worry. This could be the dreaded heart attack.
Relax my dear reader; although ‘heart attack’ sounds pretty terrifying, its scientific term ultimately paints it as manageable- Myocardial Infarction (pfft – that don’t sound good either) In simpler terms – It’s when blood can’t deliver oxygen to part of our beating engine sat within us which leads to tissue damage or worse.It’s no laughing matter but let me tell ya more about it anyways;
The Anatomy behind why heart attacks happen
To understand what causes myocardial infarctions(see I’m using sciency words) let’s take a look at the organ stealing all eyes here (not eyes). Our hearts function primarily through arteries and veins –the former delivering nourishing blood filled with nutrients and oxygen while latter rescuing bad-used-up-grimy blood back( kinda like garbage trucks) . If something impedes how these vessels work then some parts of the engine will not receive enough power.
Fun Fact: Contrary to popular belief ;a healthy lifestyle does not equal immunity from heart diseases
Risk factors include but are not limited to:
– Men over age 45 women over age 55.
– Smoking addicts
– Elevated cholesterol levels(time to put down ladu’s and samosas…I’m looking at you)
– Sedentary lifestyle(would it kill ya to take a walk or two?)
Of course, there are other causes too that can lead to plaque buildup. But as my mom always says, “Let’s not worry about how we got here; let’s just focus on moving forward”.
So what happens when blood doesn’t deliver enough oxygenated fuel? Think of it like an engine in your car – If the fuel line is blocked (say by naan bread and kebab residue), then the engine won’t work smoothly. The site deprived of fresh supply for too long becomes damaged slowly poisoning our body until recovered.
Not all ‘heart attack’ cases are created equally
Nope,different scenarios can occur depending on which part runs out of her natural caffeine(tea).To give you a better idea;
STEMI(Oh! That’s new)
STEMI also known as ST Elevated Myocardial Infarction means full-on heart attack mode-.Here the blockage develops quickly thus denying cells blood flow fast .This can cause permanent heart damage and even death.(yikes)
On the bright side though, it’s easier to diagnose this kind since those experiencing sweating,pain etc usually seek help …so doctors catch it early.
Non-ST-ElevatedMyocardical infraction bad guy creates partial occlusion damaging some cells rather than all.Now since tissue remains partially supplied with O2(not feeling very generous today huh?) ,recovery time would be shorter.Instead sorta creeps up making reoccurring visits until treated,sometimes mimicking discomforts else where in body.
Note: Both types commonly occur repeatedly without warning
Maybe one day somebody will invent #%$#%! medicine that makes sure no such instruments ill-function ..one day
Sometimes our body gives warnings before disaster strikes
It’s no secret that often time more than not;our bodies try to give us a heads up when something ain’t right .But since we have the attention span of a goldfish and trouble sorting through stress overload (just me?) ,these symptoms get brushed off. Here are some key signs your heart’s seen better days;
- Chest pain or discomfort(everyone probably knows this But it’s like everyone underestimates its gravity still)
- Shortness of breath (can’t catch my breath but gotta keep moving-that kind? yeah dangerous.)
- Nausea/Vomiting(Your lunch giving you grief,or poor pumper pumping out poorly…only one way to find out !)
- Discomfort in neck,jaw,upper back,stomach etc.( always thought such pains reserved for battle-weary soldiers)
What is done during suspected Heart attack
Holy emergency intervention Batman! Once someone shows early onset signs,it becomes extremely necessary-rather imperative-to call an ambulance immediately so as to avoid any further damage.
Note:Never drive yourself -if ya pass out while at wheel might cause over crowding
While waiting on the paramedics:
Calmy sit/lay down if shortness of breath experienced
Take pills prescribed by doctor(if safe)
Dial emergency services number-you know what’s coming next
At hospital :
A team consisting of cardiologists,nurses,residents..all gather together working(quickly)to form a treatment plan tailored specially for patient.Essential diagnosis assessment method include cardiac enzymes test,electrocardiogram(ECG),coronary angiography,test and magnetic resonance imaging(MRI).Let professionals do their thang!
Afterward,some patients should expect getting surgery within a week(normally 2 hours long)-this usually involves inserting wire mesh,Tiny balloons in blood vessels on/around pain region hopefully fixing up what is broken.
Time to take heart attack more seriously?
Next time somebody shrugs off these important signs with a casual “I won’t have a heart attack, I’m fine,” give them [this article] to read. (See how helpful my writing techniques are!)
In all seriousness though, while it’s still necessary for us all the resume our busy lives- Do we all do ourselves justice by ignoring the warning bells? A friend once asked me ,”What’s worse than watching your first love turn their back on you?”…turns out suffering from myocardial infarction symptoms but neglecting help because of reasons like work,laziness,fear,skepticism …letting yourself go that way? Not worth it!
So let us instead strive hard focusing not only life survival,but quality living within means..our hearts will thank us later!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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