Heart attacks are sudden, sharp and often deadly. The event, which happens when there’s a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of the heart muscle, requires swift medical attention to minimise the risk of permanent damage to the heart muscle. The problem is, people often delay seeking treatment for a heart attack because they are not clued up on the warning signs.
When is chest pain a sign of a heart attack?
While you may experience symptoms with or without chest pain, it is still important to know when chest pain is a sign of a heart attack.
According to the BHF, you should dial 999 immediately if your chest pain:
- Is sudden
- Spreads to you arms, back, neck or jaw
- Feels heavy or tight.
- You become short of breath or start to feel sick.
“If your chest pain doesn’t match these characteristics and you aren’t experiencing any other heart attack symptoms, there may be other explanations for your chest pain,” notes the health body.
The NHS explains: “Eating an unhealthy diet that is high in fat will make hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) worse and increase your risk of a heart attack.”
As the health body points out, continuing to eat high-fat foods will cause more fatty plaques to build up in your arteries.
This is because fatty foods contain an unhealthy type of cholesterol called LDL cholesterol.
To avoid LDL cholesterol, you must steer clear of foods high in saturated fat, which include fried foods, sausages and fatty cuts of meat.
Published at Thu, 28 May 2020 19:15:00 +0000