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Heart Attack - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Heart attack is also known as myocardial infarction (MI) as per medical terminology. It causes permanent harm to the heart muscle. The muscles of the heart need a supply of blood which is rich in oxygen. The coronary artery aids the heart in this process with blood supply. During a heart attack, the blood ceases to flow because the arteries tend to narrow down. The outer shell cracks and blood starts to clot, this in turn blocks the artery and the muscle starts ‘starving’ for oxygen. The heart muscle suddenly dies and causes irreversible damage resulting to a heart attack.

Heart attack can occur without a coronary artery disease or even at rest. The heart muscles start healing 8 weeks after the heart attack. However, the blood pumping ability of the heart is reduced to a great extent after a heart attack. It is important to get proper treatment as soon as you get a heart attack or it might damage you heart tissues greatly and the chances of survival can be reduced.

How can heart attack be diagnosed?

  • ECG- This is also known as electrocardiogram or EKG. This test usually tells the amount and the exact area of damage which has occurred to your heart tissues and muscles. Your heart rhythm and rate can be monitored closely.
  • Blood tests- These tests are usually carried out to measure the levels of enzymes present in the heart. These enzymes are extremely important for the functioning of the heart. By measuring the amount of enzymes, the specialist can accurately examine the size and intensity of the heart attack. Troponin levels (proteins found inside the cells of the heart) are also measured by carrying out blood tests.
  • Echocardiography- It is a test which is used after and during heart attacks to see in what areas the heart is pumping and how the heart is pumping blood. Echocardiography can also tell the shape and structure of the septum and valves of the heart.
  • Cardiac catheterization- It is used during the first few hours of a heart attack, it is used to visualize the arteries and aids the doctor is deciding which surgery is effective to treat the blockage.

It is vital to get immediate medical help if you develop a heart attack. Certain drugs are used to prevent and break up blood clots inside the heart. These medications should be given as soon as possible to reduce the amount of damage to the heart.

Usually self diagnosable Lab test always required Non communicable
Prolonged pain on the chest Discomfort on the upper body Stomach pain which leads to a heartburn Anxiety and lightheadedness Immense sweating nausea and vomitting

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