Heart Attack 2018-01-30T16:25:03-05:00


Heart Attack

Did you know that your heart beats approximately 100K times a day? Over the course of a lifetime, your heart will beat over 2.5 billion times.

Over 700,000 people have a heart attack every year, according to the CDC. And it’s the leading cause of death in the United States.

Your body holds about 6 quarts of blood. Your heart’s primary function is to pump all that blood throughout your entire body. It does so about 3 times per minute. This makes your heart the hardest working and most important muscle in your body.

A heart attack happens when the flow of blood to a portion of your heart becomes blocked usually caused by a plaque buildup of fat, cholesterol, and calcium which hardens and narrows your arteries over time.

This buildup of plaque in your arteries is called atherosclerosis. When this happens your heart does not get the oxygen-rich blood it needs in order to function properly. If blood stops pumping, your heart muscles begin to die.

If you think you are having a heart attack, time is of the essence. Many people report having an internal debate before going to the hospital. You don’t know if you are having heartburn, a stomach or a heart attack.

Signs You Might Be Having a Heart Attack

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pain spreads to back, throat, jaw, and arm
  • Upper body pain or discomfort
  • Weakness or shortness of breath

Even if you have doubts – call 911 IMMEDIATELY.

Don’t take your chances, a quick response is key to surviving a heart attack.


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