Issues that can cause heart attacks:

  • Age. Men age 45 or older and women age 55 or older are more likely to have a heart attack than are younger men and women.
  • Tobacco. This includes smoking and long-term exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • High blood pressure. Over time, high blood pressure can damage arteries that feed your heart. High blood pressure that occurs with other conditions, such as obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes, increases your risk even more.
  • Obesity. Obesity is associated with high blood cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and diabetes. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can lower this risk.

Symptoms of heart attacks:

  • Both genders, men & women have a different heart attack warning signs, for men they have chest pain, rapid or irregular heart beat, feeling dizzy, faint or feel light-headed, breaking out in a cold sweat, stomach discomfort or indigestion, and shortness of breath
  • For women’s heart attack, they have chest pressure, unusual fatigue for several days, anxiety and sleep disturbances, BACK-NECK-ARM or JAW pain, Nausea feeling sick to stomach, and once again. Shortness of breath

What happens during a heart attack?

  • Your coronary arteries become too narrow and blood cannot flow well
  • Fatty matter, calcium, proteins, and inflammatory cells build up within the arteries to form plaques of different sizes
  • Even though it is unusual,  the arteries may spasm, and reduce blood to the heart

How to survive a heart attack?

Using machines like the defibrillator that can sometimes help your heart restart it is possible to recover from a heart attack.

After effects of a heart attack:

  • The first 24-48 hours after a heart attack is when your condition will be most unstable.
  • This period is often spent in a coronary care unit (CCU), a specialised intensive care unit for heart patients, or in an acute medical ward where your heart function can be monitored closely.
  • Your blood sugar level will also be closely monitored. After a heart attack, some people have an increase in their blood sugar level. If this happens you might need treatment with insulin to reduce your blood sugar levels.

How to prevent heart attacks in the future?

Some of the best things you can do is to GET MOVING. This will decrease your chance by 50%. Also keeping your teeth healthy and avoiding gum disease will also help you not have heart attacks.

Does having a heart attack increase your chance for another in the future?

  • Heart troubles could get worse, if your attack was caused by one of several “vulnerable plaques” — tiny, inflamed buildups of fat that burst and plug up blood vessels — any of which could be a ticking time bomb for another attack.
  • Those patients with the multiple plaques, were more likely to be repeat offenders for heart attack within the year.

How can you monitor your heart rate?

You can learn to take your pulse. But if you like a easier way of monitoring your heart rate you can buy a fitbit or apple watch to get your live BPM. There are also options that just allow to get your heart rate without the fancy features of the apple watch. Though in apple watch 4 there is a feature to get a live EKG to monitor your heart rate even more than before. This will help many and can even save live in the future.