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Heart Attack - Heart failure High Blood Pressure heart disease

Heart Attack - Heart failure High Blood Pressure heart disease

What happens during a heart attack?
The heart muscle requires a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood. The coronary arteries provide the heart with blood. If you have coronary artery disease, those arteries become narrow and the blood cannot flow as well as it should. Fatty matter, calcium, proteins and inflammatory cells build up within the arteries to form plaques of different sizes. The plaque deposits are hard on the outside and soft and mushy on the inside.

When the plaque's hard, outer shell cracks, platelets (disc-shaped particles in the blood that aid clotting) come to the area, and blood clots form around the plaque. If a blood clot totally blocks the artery, the heart muscle becomes "starved" for oxygen and nutrients (ischemia) in the region below the blockage. Within a short time, death of heart muscle cells occurs, causing permanent damage. This is called a myocardial infarction (MI) or heart attack.

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Don't delay help in Heart Attack

Do not delay getting help
Quick treatment to open the blocked artery is essential to lessen the amount of damage. At the first signs of a heart attack, call for emergency treatment . The best time to treat a heart attack is within one to two hours of the first onset of symptoms. Waiting longer than that increases the damage to your heart and reduces your chance of survival.

Reasons people delay:

  • They are young and cannot believe it is happening to them.
  • Symptoms are not what they expected.
  • They may deny the symptoms are serious and wait until they go away.
  • They may ask the advice of others, especially family members.
  • They may first try to treat the symptoms themselves, using aspirin or antacids.
  • They may think the symptoms are related to other health problems (stomach, arthritis).
  • They may put the care of others first (first take care of children or other family members) and not want to worry them.
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Hepatitis C was the major cause of all cases of hepatitis resulting from transfusions and most resulting from intravenous drug use. Because of blood screening, the risk from transfusions is now 1 in 10,000. It can also be transmitted through injuries in the skin. It may also be transmitted ually. About 10% to 60% of acute hepatitis C patients develop the chronic form, which can also occur without a preceding acute stage.

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