What is a heart attack?
A heart attack is as defined in medical vocabulary, the sudden demise of the heart from the blockage of the coronary artery by either a blood clot or a build up of fatty tissues or build-up grease and/or cholesterol.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
The common sign of a heart attack is a pain in the chest, but this and other signs can lead to a heart attack. The other common symptoms of a heart attack are the following: a pain or tightness in the chest, a pain in the jaw, toothache or a headache, a severe shortness of breath, a nauseating, vomiting sensation or a discomfort in the mid-section of the stomach, a tendency to constantly sweat, having constant heartburns or indigestion, severe pains in the left or right arm, constant upper back pain or in some cases, no symptoms are present, which in that case, a heart attack can be sudden, quick and deadly.
Most people tend to confuse the signs of heart attacks with the signs of other illnesses like chronic fatigue, stress and/or indigestion and do not seek the medical care that this deadly condition needs and wait until the last minute before getting help or wait until the attack happens, which is too late for some people.
Even though symptoms of a heart attack are not clear and can be confused with other illnesses or the signs are mild, heart attacks with mild symptoms can be as deadly as the ones with severe symptoms, which in that case, medical care is highly recommended and should be sought immediately.
What can a heart attack to do the body?
A heart attack can cause a person to have heart failure, by decreasing the flow of blood to and from the heart, also damaging other muscles and organs in the body.
Also, a heart attack can cause the heart to stop beating, which at this point, the heart attack victim is clinically dead and must be resuscitated with a heart defibrillator to get the heart beating again, otherwise the victim will die from lack of oxygen caused by the lack of blood flow to the brain caused by a lack of heart movement.