Over 40? 5 things you should know about heart attacks.

Updated: May 9, 2021

1- Heart attacks are caused by blocked blood vessels in the heart, and so is chronic angina, but they are completely different animals.

2- Time is muscle when it comes to heart attacks. Do not delay care.

3- More than 1 in 20 people with heart attack will have a cardiac arrest( abnormal heart rhythm causing heart to stop beating) prior to arrival to the hospital. Call 911 if you think you are having a heart attack, don’t drive yourself or ask a relative to drive.

4- As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

5- Did you know that death from heart attack has declined by as much as 56% from 1940s to 1996 and after? While 47% of this decline was attributed to care received after heart attack ( namely stent, surgery, medicines, rehab), 44% of the decline was due to improved preventive care ( namely cholesterol lowering, BP lowering, smoking cessation and physical activities). We think the decline would have been sharper if there wasn’t a rise in diabetes, related to obesity epidemic.

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