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Did you know that, on average, heart attack victims arrive at the hospital 5 hours after the onset of symptoms? Don't take this type of risk!
Each year, thousands of Canadians die from myocardial infarction, also called heart attack, due to failure to promptly initiate medical treatment. Therefore, it is crucial to recognize the signs and symptoms of the condition in order to react quickly to limit the consequences.
Myocardial infarction occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery of the heart, thus decreasing the supply of oxygen to the heart’s cells. The main symptom of myocardial infarction is the sudden onset of intense pain (burning, tightness, pressure, and heaviness) in the chest, which cannot be relieved by resting. Pain can spread to the neck, lower jaw, throat, shoulders, back, or arms (especially the left one).
If you experience chest pain for more than 5 to 10 minutes, stop all activities. Sit or lie down in a quiet, well-ventilated area. Rest comfortably. Loosen your tie or shirt collar to facilitate breathing. Next, follow these simple steps:
In the event of myocardial infarction, every minute counts! Swift action limits the damage that can be caused by lack of oxygen to the heart and facilitates complete recovery. Lack of knowledge of the signs and symptoms of myocardial infarction can have dramatic consequences. If you have any doubts at all, call for emergency services immediately. Why hesitate or wait? Your survival or your ability to continue living a healthy life could be at stake.
Don't hesitate to speak to your pharmacist for additional information about cardiovascular health.
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