Did you know that most deaths from coronary heart disease are caused by a heart attack? Here are some facts about heart attacks:
• In the UK there are nearly 200,000 hospital visits each year due to heart attacks: that's one every three minutes.
• In the 1960s more than seven out of 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal. Today at least seven out of 10 people survive.
• An estimated 915,000 people alive in the UK today (640,000 men and 275,000 women) have survived a heart attack (source: BHF)
It is vital that you know the symptoms of a heart attack and that you can call for help immediately - something that a personal alarm system from Lifeline24 can provide.
Today, we take a quick look at some of the common and less-common symptoms of a heart attack, before going on to explain how we, a personal alarm provider, can help.
What is a Heart Attack?
A heart attack is a serious, and potentially fatal, medical emergency in-which the supply of blood to your heart is suddenly blocked - often from a blood clot. A lack of blood can cause serious damage to the heart muscle, so you need to find help immediately.
The Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Health professionals and studies say that the most common symptoms of a heart attack, given for both genders, included chest tightness, along with pain in the chest, neck, jaw, arms or back. A lack of breath, coughing and feeling sick are also in both men and woman.
Although the chest pain is often severe, some people may only experience minor pain, similar to indigestion. In some cases, there may not be any chest pain at all, especially in women, the elderly and people with diabetes. It's the overall pattern of symptoms that helps to determine whether you are having a heart attack." (NHS)
Other common signs for men that have been included in symptom reports include dizziness, weakness and cold sweats. Symptoms common for women include sleep disturbance, anxiety and indigestion. More common symptoms can be found via the NHS Choices website.
Less-known Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Further symptoms of a heart attack that may come of more as a surprise to many, but are ones that you need to know and react to, should you suffer from any of them can be found below:
- Snoring / Sleep Apnea - This is the name for the periods of time during your sleep when you stop breathing. This is linked to heart disease and can increase the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Snoring can also be a sign of atrial fibrillation – which is an irregular, often rapid heart rate that causes poor blood flow.
- Bleeding/Sore/Swollen Gums - These symptoms can lead to a serious gum infection called periodontis which destroys the jawbone. This infection can spread around the body and cause inflammation.
- Shoulder/Neck pains - Many people who have a heart attack feel an uncomfortable sensation, ache, pain or pressure in their neck, jaw or shoulders.
- Puffy legs / Feet - This can be a sign of congestive heart failure. Those who have this constantly should visit a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible.
- Indigestion / Heartburn - Common occurrences, but they can become dangerous when accompanied with a lack of breath, sweating or hiccups. People should seek help if this is the case.
- Sexual Dysfunction - This is a common symptom of arterial disease. A build up in plague in your arteries can lead to the dysfunction of the sexual organs. For woman who are post-menopausal ‘rapidly increase’ their risk factors for developing heart disease.
Even things which you may feel are common or just minor could be signs of poor health in your heart and might require you to be checked out by your GP.
If you think you're ever suffering from any of the above discussed symptoms it's vital to see a doctor as soon as possible to get checked out.
Heart Attack Alarm System
Just imagine for a minute that you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above and could be about to have, or are having, a heart attack. Such is the pain you may not be able to move and reach a telephone or shout for help - especially if you are living alone.
This is where our personal alarm system could end up saving your life.
The system comes with a base unit which works by plugging into your telephone socket and a power socket, and a MyAmie Pendant which you choose to wear either around your neck or your wrist depending on your preference.
The little pendant is waterproof and has an impressive range of up to 100m - which means you can wear it outside in the garden (depending on the length of your garden). It also has a seven-year battery life and we will even send you a new one free of charge when it does run out.
All you need to do if you feel unwell is press the the red button on your pendant - or on the base unit if accessible. This sends an alert to our 24/7 Care Team, who operate all year round.
A member of the Care Team will try to speak with you over the loudspeaker on the base unit before calling family members, friends or neighbours to come and assist you. These people will be known as your emergency contacts and will be chosen by you during the purchasing process.
The emergency services will also be contacted on your behalf should you need their assistance. With the red button alarm system help is just one push of a button away. The speed of this process could end up being the difference-maker and could end up saving your life.
Use the discount code BLOG2018 to receive £5 off your first monthly or annual plan order.