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Heart Attack

Heart Attack: A heart attack is a serious medical emergency that occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow is not restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die. Heart attacks are a leading killer of both men and women. The good news is that excellent treatments are available for heart attacks. These treatments can save lives and prevent disabilities.

A heart attack requires immediate medical help. Symptoms of a heart attack can include: discomfort, pressure, heaviness or pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone, rapid or irregular heartbeats, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, weakness and an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. Herbal remedies can only be used to prevent heart attacks or after having had treatment as a means to strengthen the heart.

Heart attack treatment works best when it's given right after symptoms occur. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call emergency health services immediately.  Heart attacks most often occur as a result of coronary disease also called coronary artery disease.

Coronary Heart Disease is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. The build up of plaque occurs over many years. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture (break open) inside an artery. This causes a blood clot to form on the plaque's surface. If the clot becomes large enough, it can mostly or completely block blood flow through a coronary artery.

Medical Emergency: If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, call emergency health services immediately.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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