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WORLD HEART DAY: Sept 29th 2020

What is World Heart Day?

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others. Through this campaign, the World Heart Federation unites people from all countries and backgrounds” – World Heart Federation 2020.

 

What are the main cardiac conditions?

Heart Attack.

Also referred to as a myocardial infarction, a heart attacks occurs when blood flow to the heart stops. This can occur due to fatty material breaking off within your artery and eventually forming into a clot, which stops the blood flow. This then leads to heart attack. High cholesterol and poor choices in diet can be one of the leading causes in heart attack.

Arrhythmia (Abnormal Heart Rhythm).

Your body is full of electricity, and your heart is controlled and stimulated by your own biological electrical system. This system allows the heart to stay at a certain rhythm. If this biological electrical system is disrupted, your heart can start beating very fast which is referred to as tachycardia , very slowly which is referred to as bradycardia or even abnormally which is referred to as an arrhythmia.

 Silent heart attack.

You can have a heart attack and not even know it. This is known as a silent heart attack, or  silent myocardial infarction (SMI).

Most signs from a heart attack are sudden, which makes them straightforward to identify, but there are some cases when these signs aren’t so obvious.

SMI warning signs

SMI symptoms are often mild and brief. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts several minutes, or goes away and comes back. It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other upper-body areas, such as one or both arms, the back, the neck, the jaw, or the stomach.
  • Shortness of breath before or during chest discomfort.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, or feeling nauseated or lightheaded.

 

ProActiv advises to contact your general practitioner or other qualified clinician immediately to seek clarification to what you are experiencing.

 

 

Sources:

world-heart-federation.org

nhsinform.scot

pennmedicine.org

health.harvard.edu

Image:

living.aahs.org

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