The month of February has a lot of labels especially if you want to impress the one you love. February is the month for the heart. The Beating Heart Center is here to help you know how to save the heart you love the most. What you need to know is how to identify if the heart you love is in danger.
The Heart Attack
The heart attack affects over 500,000 people every year. According to the Mayo Clinic, the cause of the heart attack is when blood that is flowing to the heart muscle is disrupted or blocked. The tissue affected by the vessel start to die. When the cardiac tissue is in distress, it affects how the heart contracts and causes residual pain. The pain is different for men and women. Some people complain of chest pain and pressure in the chest. The pain can radiate down the arm or up in the jaw and seem to be sudden. Women can suffer from back pain, indigestion, and fatigue when suffering a heart attack. The symptoms can be vague so if it may be difficult to get checked out.
People who suffer from Angina can have similar symptoms as a heart attack. Angina is when some of the blood vessels that feed the heart will contract and limit blood to the heart. These people tend to have medications to treat symptoms such as nitroglycerin.
In treating a heart attack initially, you need to keep the person calm, call 911 and provide two low dose aspirin or one adult dose of aspirin. You should also have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on standby in case the symptoms make the person go unconscious.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden Cardiac Arrest which is also known as SCA is a deadly heart condition. SCA is also known as sudden death. Out of 450,000 people who suffer from SCA every year, only 10% of these people survive. The reason is that most of the population will not respond promptly to help the victim. When Sudden Cardiac Arrest happens, you need to have someone call for EMS and have someone else get an AED. Then you need to start CPR immediately.
What is going on inside the body during a cardiac arrest is that the pacemaker of the heart has failed and blood flow through the body stops all at once. You have to get a person start pushing on the chest to keep pumping the heart to buy time to get advance care in keeping the heart going. An AED needs to be placed on the chest to shock the heart and possibly re-start the hearts contraction. The AED has to activate within 10 minutes from the collapse. The EMS usually will not respond until 15 minutes later. If these actions are completed fast, and within a certain amount of time, the chance of survival increases up to 70%.
Knowledge is Power
These heart conditions are very scary when you witness these conditions. The person being affected during a heart attack is also scared. To have the best benefit for those that you love is knowing what to do when they suffer from these heart conditions. The Beating Heart Center is here to help empower you to know what to do when these problems happen. Check out our classes, and we have them all over town for your convenience.