The number of silent heart attacks is worrying - Alpha Male Nation
Heart attacks can kill without any previous warning
Heart attacks are also known as myocardial infarctions and, although they usually manifest as diseases, they can also occur as injuries. This happens when persons without any medical history, or genetic predisposition, suffer an MI (Myocardial Infarction) due to mechanic chest stress or intense emotions. These are not as common as the actual disease cases, but they can happen nonetheless.
The medical system spends somewhere around $11 billion yearly for treating heart attacks patients and the problem grows every year. The “Why?” question is legitimate and not that hard to answer to. The major culprit is a lifestyle. There are several unhealthy choices that could open the door for heart attacks or straight up triggering them in some cases:
Not only it contributes to obesity, but it is also one of the direct causes of coronary artery diseases and it directly provokes the disease in about 20% of the cases.
- Sedentary lifestyles
Not having an active life could take a toll on a person’s health and although the repercussions are mild in general, such as increased weight or sleeping problems, the situation can easily get out of hand. Lacking proper physical activity is known to cause around 12% of the total cases of heart attacks.
- Increased stress
Chronic stress, in particular, is responsible for only 3% of the heart attacks cases nationwide. Not too much, but more than enough when talking about human lives loss.
- Alcohol consumption
Alcohol it is primarily and observable effect in those who are chronic drinkers, who are at greater risk of experiencing MIs.
Aside from this, heart attacks can be caused in relation to different health problems, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, elevated levels of cholesterol or Kawasaki disease, although it is not a general rule for the last case.
New study reveals the dangers and the incidence of silent heart attacks
The somewhat good thing about this affection is that it generally comes with specific symptoms: sudden chest pain, combined with a burning chest sensation, arm, neck, jaw or stomach pain, differing among patients, intense sweating, apparently without reason, difficulties breathing, nausea and vomiting.
The appearance of these symptoms, setting aside the dangerous problem they precede, is a good thing, in the sense that they raise and alarming signal, saying you need help.
When the symptoms begin to manifest, the patient or those around him has time to call for help. But what do you do when heart attacks occur without any initial notice? A recent study has revealed worrying conclusions: more than 45% of all the heart attacks in the world occur without any prior symptom. They are silent, in the sense that not even the patient senses the danger.
They can quickly cause sudden death, making them that much more dangerous. What is even more dangerous is the fact that the risk of myocardial infarction increases significantly after the age of 35, especially in the cases of those with erratic lifestyles.
How effective are the preventive measures?
They are effective, as long as they are maintained and taken seriously. Health professionals recommend several steps that need to be taken in order to eliminate or, at least, diminish the incidence of heart attacks among the general population:
- Adopting a healthier diet
Avoid saturated fats and sodium, to start with. Add more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and seeds. The benefits will be enormous.
- Be more active
It is one of the most important aspects because not only it decreases the impact of silent heart attacks, but it also contributes to providing other health benefits as well, such as increased energy levels, moderating weight and a more positive state of mind.
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol
These are harmful habits that may cause other health affections as well, so try to diminish the consumption for as much as possible. In the case of smoking, the recommendation would be to avoid it completely.
- Reduce the stress levels
It may be easier said than done, but give it a shot. Stop consuming your state of mind for every irrelevant aspect of life. It will do you a lot of good.
- Deal with the snoring and apnea
These are important heart attacks causes. Sleep apnea, in particular, is a disease that can cause stroke and high blood pressure if left untreated.
- Regularly visit the medic
There is no better way to discover the early signs of heart problems than to stay connected with a competent health professional that could guide you through the process of identifying the symptoms, as well as the proper measures to be taken in order to save your life.