In the UK, there is a hospital admission for a heart attack every five minutes. That means more than 160,000 per year and these are the recognized ones.
It is possible to have a minor heart attack and not know it.
Heart and circulatory diseases account for a quarter of deaths in the UK, one death roughly every three minutes.
It was the world’s biggest single killer of men and women in 2019.
Not to be confused with cardiac arrest, in which the electrical system of a diseased heart fails and suddenly stops beating, a heart attack is different.
Out of hospital cardiac arrest has a survival rate of less than 1 in 10.
A heart attack is when the blood supply to your heart suddenly becomes blocked and heart cells begin to die without oxygen.
More than seven in ten people have this type of attack.
Constipation can occur from fatty deposits clogging arteries, improper diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, substance abuse, and hereditary factors.
5 early signs of a heart attack
Some people have sudden heart attacks while others can have symptoms within hours, days, or even weeks before the event.
This can be critical in getting treatment quickly and in maximizing your chances of survival and full recovery.
The five early signs of a heart attack are as follows:
- Pressure or pressure in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes
- Neck, jaw, back or stomach problems
- Arm or shoulder pain in both or one arm
- shortness of breath
- Drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 999 right away.
Men and women experience some symptoms differently. For example, women are more likely to experience shortness of breath and neck and jaw pain. Many then dismiss their heart attack symptoms as the flu or cold.
Women are also more likely to have “silent heart attacks,” which have little to no symptoms but are just as severe.