New Therapy For Heart Attacks
New drugs can stop or limit the damage of a heart
attack, but only if the patient gets help immediately, experts say. Once
the flow of blood to a portion of the heart is blocked for several hours,
the damage is irreversible.
Knowing the symptoms
Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack, which can be wide-ranging and
confusing, is extremely important. So is knowing risk factors, such as
obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and family history.
Typical symptoms of a heart attack include a crushing pain in the chest,
sweating, difficulty breathing, weakness and pain in the arms,
particularly the left.
Symptoms one could attribute to something else can cause devastating
delays in seeking treatment. These include feelings of indigestion, back
shoulder and neck pain and nausea. Early signs of trouble may appear
during physical activity and disappear with rest. Any numbness of tingling
of the fingers or toes, dizziness, shortness of breath or difficulty in
breathing should not be ignored.
Clinical studies of risk factors
Clinical studies, laboratory investigations and a number of surveys show
certain personal characteristics and life-styles pointing to increased
danger of heart attack. These danger signs are called "risk
These well established risk factors are high blood pressure, high blood
cholesterol, cigarette smoking and diabetes mellitus. Attempts at
modifying risk factors most certainly have contributed to the declining
death rate from heart attacks in the UK. During the 1960's, U.K. death
rates from heart attacks were still rising, but today's figures show that
heart attacks have fallen dramatically. And, overall, heart-related
problems have declined about 25 percent in the last decade.
This decrease undoubtedly is due to better medical care of heart attack
victims, but it is likely that a sizeable percentage is related to
modification of risk factors.
Medical technology is advancing at an increasingly rapid rate. More drugs
and medical technology are available than ever before and the entire
population is now more aware of the seriousness of heart attacks.
There has been an increased interest in learning CPR and many community
organisations now offer this valuable training. Of particular concern by
doctors and researchers is the role that the UK diet plays in the health
of one's heart. Obesity predisposes individuals to coronary heart disease.
Obesity is a major cause
Some of the reasons for this are known, but others are not. The major
causes of obesity in most people are excessive intake of calories and
inadequate exercise. When caloric intake is excessive, some of the excess
frequently is saturated fat, which further raises the blood cholesterol.
Thus, obesity contributes to higher coronary risk in a variety of ways.
Many of the major risk factors for a heart attack are silent and much of
the responsibility for their detection lies with each of us as
individuals. Regular check-ups are particularly necessary if there is a
family history of heart attacks of heart disease, high blood pressure,
high cholesterol levels or diabetes.
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