When the Heart Attacks: Warning Signs for Men and Women
A silent killer lurks, ready to strike anyone, anywhere. One second, the victim is fine, but in an instant he can hit the floor, clutching his chest. Heart attacks don’t discriminate from age or generate. It doesn’t matter if you are in optimal health or a 25 year old woman. More than 750,000 Americans have heart attacks each year, and that number is not getting any lower. Heart attack symptoms are not crystal clear and vary depending on individual factors, so it is imperative people familiarize themselves with the most common signs of an impending heart attack.
The factors that heighten the probability of a heart attack are family history of heart disease, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, type II diabetes and obesity. However, that doesn’t mean an attack can’t happen to you or a loved one. Even if you don’t fit into the ‘at risk’ category, never ignore the warning signs.
According to the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, catching a heart attack early increases chances for survival exponentially. The Society suggests everyone learns Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC). 85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack, meaning you need to react rapidly.
Yet, a surprising statistic from the American Journal of Critical Care in 2010 found that most men wait 6 hours before calling 911. This results in many unfortunate and untimely deaths. Don’t become a statistic. Learn the symptoms and react appropriately.
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Heart Attacks in Men
The risk of having a heart attack is more likely for men than it is for women. If you have any of the risk factors, be extra vigilant.