A heart attack this is caused by a sudden closure of a heart artery. This is a medical emergency, and if suspected, you should go to a hospital immediately. Seconds matter and quick treatment could save your life. Heart muscle cells start to die when the blood supply stops. Getting treatment quickly saves heart cells and saves lives.
Ambulance transport is advised.
According to the American Heart Association the symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
Call 911 if you suspect you are having a heart attack!
Your doctor may want to perform emergency coronary intervention (See Coronary Artery Stenting) as the preferred treatment for the heart attack. Expect to stay in the hospital from 3-5 days after the treatment, depending on the severity of the initial heart attack.
A heart attack is most often caused by coronary artery disease; a buildup of plaque in the arteries supplying the heart. It is a chronic condition that lifestyle changes and medicines can positively impact. You will benefit from seeing your cardiologist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant help managing coronary artery disease.