Heart failure is the leading cause of death in the US. It normally appears as a result of clogged blood vessels, caused by plaque buildup on arterial walls, a serious cardiovascular condition known as atherosclerosis. As arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to the heart, when an artery gets blocked, the heart muscle is deprived of oxygen it depends on for proper function. This leads to cell death in that part of the myocardium.
There’s a long list of factors that contribute to this life-threatening condition, but the most serious include obesity, high cholesterol levels and unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as smoking and inactivity. According to studies, men are at a higher risk of heart failure than women.
Heart attacks normally give warning signs weeks before they occur. Although they seem insignificant or not life-threatening, if you experience any of these, always consult a doctor to exclude the possibility of a heart failure.
- Chest pain
- Pain in the left arm
- Discomfort in the jaw
Important: Other conditions can also produce these symptoms, but if they are caused by an impending heart attack, addressing them promptly can save your life!