Heart Attack

What is a heart attack (myocardial infarction)?

A heart attack occurs when Wholesale nfl Jerseys a part of the heart stops receiving blood supply. This causes parts of the heart muscle to die and be replaced with scar tissue. It typically presents as chest pain, and also include abdominal pain symptoms.

Consequences due to loss of blood to a section of the Cheap Jordan Shoes heart include:

  • pump failure – because the heart has no longer the full pumping power;
  • irregular oakley sunglasses sale heart beats (arrhythmia);
  • cardiac fibrillation; and
  • death.

What are the wholesale nfl jerseys signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

The majority of patients will present with chest pain in the left chest area and there might be an acceleration of angina symptoms with chest and left arm pain. Patients may also experience:

  • fatigue;
  • shortness of breath;
  • pain behind the chest bone;
  • crushing or piercing pain going right through into the back;
  • left-sided arm pain;
  • jaw pain;
  • shortness of breath; and
  • clammy and blue skin (cyanotic).

If chest pain is not present, patients often experience epigastric pain (mid upper abdomen), nausea and vomiting.

How is a heart attack diagnosed?

In the hospital, the emergency room physician will assess the patient right away and do appropriate tests such as an ECG, blood work, start IV lines and give intravenous fluid. A jordans for cheap cardiac monitor is applied to the skin right away as well which tells the physician whether there are any dangerous irregular heart beats developing.

Within a short period of time, results are reported back to the ER physician and indicate whether or not damage to the heart muscle has occurred.

How is a heart attack treated?

It is important to treat a heart attack right away due to the development of arrhythmias, heart failure and hypotension.

Treatment would include arrhythmia medications (Xylocaine to and others), water pills (diuretics), oxygen therapy and possibly thrombolytic therapy such as Streptokinase and others. A Swan-Ganz catheter might have to be placed in the right heart to measure pressures inside the heart and to be able to know exactly how much of each of the various specific heart medications to give.

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