Myths About Heart Attacks

While most people understand that heart attacks are dangerous and life threatening, there are several misconceptions and myths that couple prevent you from fully understanding the gravity of heart attacks and potentially put yourself and others at risk. This blog post for the week will cover dispelling the myths surrounding heart attacks.

Who Could be Affected by a Heart Attack?

Much like other cardiovascular diseases and illnesses, a heart attack can occur at any age regardless of age, diet, exercise, gender, etc. and can occur at any time. It’s important to understand that heart attacks can affect anyone so that everyone can realize that it’s also important to know what to do in the event of a heart attack occurring.

Is There Nothing I Can Do After a Heart Attack?

This is also false. There are in fact a lot of recommended things that heart attack survivors should do to improve heart health. Physical activity is a very important factor in recovery after a heart attack. It’s necessary not only to keep in a particular well shape but to also exercise the cardiovascular system after a traumatic experience such as a heart attack. Other lifestyle changes that are important are changes in diet- making sure that you eat healthy to sustain a healthy heart and put your body on a path of recovery, as well as making sure you take any medications or help as prescribed or advised by your healthcare provider.

Who Could be Affected by a Heart Attack?

Much like other cardiovascular diseases and illnesses, a heart attack can occur at any age regardless of age, diet, exercise, gender, etc. and can occur at any time. It’s important to understand that heart attacks can affect anyone so that everyone can realize that it’s also important to know what to do in the event of a heart attack occurring.

Should I Wait to See if a Potential Heart Attack Goes Away?

If you experience any potential symptoms of a heart attack, even if you feel skeptical that it could possibly be something else, it’s imperative that you seek medical attention. Several seconds could be the difference between life and death for yourself and others. It’s much safer to panic and have a false alarm than deal with the consequences of not taking a heart attack seriously. It could be deadly.

Just as a quick reminder, here’s a list of symptoms related to a heart attack:

Chest pain or discomfort- Can be mistaken for precordial catch. If it’s a persisting pain/discomfort lasting more than a few minutes or it comes and leaves, it could be a sign of a heart attack.

Any pain/discomfort in the neck, jaw, back, one or both arms, or stomach

Feeling out of breath/shortness of breath

Lightheadedness or dizziness

Also may include nausea or cold sweats

In the case of one or several of these symptoms occurring to yourself or someone else, it’s important to Call 911 Immediately and get help.

Heart attacks may be scary and deadly, but being informed gives yourself and others a fighting chance at surviving a heart attack with as minimal damage as possible. Stay safe and stay diligent.

Forbes Aggabao -Alexander’s Hope Intern

Sources:

Health Grades

CDC

Images:

Temple Health

IStock