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Heart Attack Symptoms & What Is ACLS Certification
Heart attack and heart disease are among the leading causes of death in the United States. About
600,000 people in the United States dies every year from heart disease; that’s one in four deaths!
Heart disease is the absolute leading cause of death in men and women, more than half are men.
935,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, 610,000 of these were someone’s first heart
attack with 325,000 of Americans have already had a heart attack. These statistics are crippling
and it is of the upmost importance that every American knows the symptoms of a heart attack
should they arise. Today, we are teaching our youth the importance of knowing
the symptoms of a heart attack, what to do in the case of an emergency, and
the entire healthy habits one must invoke in order to prevent heart attack
and heart disease in schools and in organizations such as the Boy
Scouts and Girls Scouts of America. Unfortunately educating our
youth simply isn’t enough awareness that America needs in order
to boot the statistics of heart attack and heart disease in America,
everyone needs to be aware.
The first step in recognizing Heart Attack Symptoms is to understand what a
attack is. Heart attack is typically caused by cholesterol buildup in the capillaries lining the heart.
Cholesterol is found in junk foods and grains; too much cholesterol is caused by overeating any
of these mentioned. When cholesterol builds up too much, it can slow down blood flow, or stop
it altogether. When this happens it causes excessive strain to the heart and can actually cause it to
cease beating, resulting in a cardiac arrest known as heart attack. Not all heart attacks are life
threatening, in fact, studies show that people typically will not have a life threatening heart attack
unless they have already had at least one previous heart attack. Knowing the symptoms of even a
non-life threatening heart attack is important in order to prevent a heart attack that could cost you
It may be tricky to distinguish the difference between a heart attack from heart burn or a
combination of other less severe problems. Here is a list of symptoms that apply to heart attack:
1.) Chest Pain- this can vary from a light ache, to a pressure or heavy weight, to a squeezing
pain that last for more than five minutes and may come and go. This pain can spread
beyond the chest and enter the extremities of the upper body including arms, neck, or
jaw. In fact, there may be times when you feel a sudden excruciating pain in a specific
spot but not on the chest. This may be a heart attack, but only if it is on the left side of
your body, the side with your heart.
2.) Stomach Pain- this may extend to your stomach. Queasiness, nausea, and vomiting may
also be present.
3.) Sweat- you may have clammy ski that is cold to the touch.
4.) Lightheadedness and anxiety- you may feel as though you are about to pass and out or
that you are having a panic attack but with no apparent reason. This typically precedes a