Get to know a heart attack and its proper treatment
Friends of Hermina, know that the death rate from heart disease continues to increase every year. Come on, let's recognize how to recognize a heart attack and what to do if you experience it.
Understanding Heart Attack
A heart attack, or what is medically called a myocardial infarction, is a condition in which the blood supply to the heart is blocked. This is an emergency medical condition caused by a blood clot or buildup of cholesterol. Impaired blood flow to the heart can damage the heart muscle and be fatal.
The following are symptoms that often appear in people with heart attacks.
Pounding in the heart like something is pressing
Chest pain, especially on the left, like a stabbing and radiating to the back or arms
Shortness of breath accompanied by cold discharge.
Easily tired and have difficulty sleeping.
Causes of Heart Attack
The main cause of a heart attack is the blockage of blood vessels by cholesterol deposits in the form of plaque that supplies to the heart muscle, known as coronary arteries.
Cracked plaque will cause blood clots that will block the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart through the coronary vessels. This condition eventually causes a heart attack. Several factors can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, including:
High blood pressure.
Habit of eating fatty foods.
Overweight or obesity.
Treatment for Heart Attack
A heart attack is a medical emergency that must be treated as soon as possible. Immediately go to the nearest hospital if you or your family is suspected of having a heart attack.
Treatment given to patients with heart attacks is medication to dissolve blood clots and surgical procedures such as cardiac catheterization, ring placement or heart surgery to restore blood flow to the heart. Treatment will be adjusted to the severity of the condition of the patient with a heart attack.
When Should You See a Cardiologist?
If Sahabat Hermina has health problems and risk factors as above, you should consult a Cardiologist, dr. Bambang Purtjahyo, SpJP at Hermina Hospital Beka