How does a heart attack (or MI, or myocardial infarction) occur? The best analogy is a pimple bursting inside the artery. A blood clot can form. This clot completely blocks the tube or artery, and blood flow (oxygen) stops. This happens rapidly. BOOM. Clot. No flow. No oxygen. The symptoms are often crushing chest pain that can radiate into the neck and arm – but the symptoms can be vague and are often written off as indigestion. The heart beat can become very irregular. If the heart beat stops (ventricular fibrillation) cardiac arrest can occur. IF A HEART ATTACK OCCURS OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL ONLY 6% WILL SURVIVE.   MANY PEOPLE DON’T RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK.  IF YOU HAVE ANY SUSPICION, CALL 911, OR GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY.

What you should do:   Take an aspirin or nitroglycerin if appropriate.  The medicine is more quickly absorbed if you chew it up, rather than swallow it whole.  If you have been prescribed nitrates, take them at the onset of a heart attack.

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2 Responses to Only 6% survive a heart attack-survival tips

  1. the7summits says:

    Does vitamin D help prevent heart attacks?

    “Vitamin” D Is A Steroid- Not A Vitamin !

    Many compare “vitamin” D to “vitamin” C and E. There is a difference. Vitamin D is a steroid hormone cholecalciferol (D3 – metabolizes into Calcitriol- the activated form of vitamin D our bodies use in every cell) not a vitamin. It was named vitamin D in the 1930’s

    Vitamin D supplementation seems to work. It has been touted to help heart disease. Many people taking Vitamin D have lower heart disease risk according to Cardiologist, William Davis, MD, who wrote Track Your Plaque. He says that Vitamin D deficiency is a major risk factor for heart disease and risk of heart attacks.

    Vitamin D supplementation represents the realization that so many chronic diseases were all along diseases of deficiency. The body of evidence seems to be in favor of vitamin D supplementation.

    The experts say at least 50 ng/ml- year round is healthy. What is distinctly not healthy is < 30 ng/ml.

    If you want to help avoid early onset conditions look into supplementing with D3 (not D2!).

    It works- like all steroids. No dinky vitamin here at all- just nature's most powerful disease inhibiting hormone.

  2. admin says:

    Vitamin D has emerged as a probable risk factor for heart disease and heart attacks. Heart attack rates are higher when yearly fluctuations in vitamin D levels are at their lowest.

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