What is a Heart Attack?

October 6, 2021 5:02 am


A rapid or irregular heartbeat due to blood clots that are formed in the coronary arteries is often the cause of heart attack. As we age this can happen more, the buildup of plaques in the arteries that provide oxygenated blood and convey blood from the heart muscle to the various organs of the body causes the arteries to become less flexible. A healthy and active lifestyle is essential for good heart health.

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When the arteries become narrowed by cholesterol deposits, scar tissue, atherosclerosis or by other causes they are no longer able to supply the amount of oxygen-rich blood that they are designed to deliver. The result is that blood is stopped from flowing correctly to the heart muscle, brain, vital organs or other locations within the body. This is what causes shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, confusion and other symptoms that commonly occur during a heart attack. Would you know what to do if you were with someone who started to show symptoms of a heart attack? A fast response can greatly increase a positive outcome. For details on First aid at work Cheltenham, visit Tidal Training Direct

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Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death. It can also be called “the silent killer” because the symptoms are so similar to other problems that many people do not associate them with heart disease at all. Coronary heart disease is characterised by a buildup of fatty plaques in the arteries that destroy the walls of the blood vessels.