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Appropriate action within first 60 minutes of a heart attack can reverse its effects
The first hour after the onset of heart attack is called the golden hour. This concept is extremely important to understand because most deaths and cardiac arrests occur during this period. However, if the person reaches hospital and gets treated within this period s/he can expect near-complete recovery.
Heart attack is caused when a clot completely blocks a blood vessel in the heart. The primary aim is to get rid of this clot as soon as possible; otherwise, that part of the heart dies.
Even if there is a slight suspicion that the symptoms could be of a heart attack, chew a 300/325mg of aspirin tablet immediately; it helps dissolve the clot. Once you are at the hospital, the doctors will try to get rid of the clot, either with the help of a very powerful clot buster medicine [thrombolytic medicines] or with a procedure called primary angioplasty.
Although both modalities have advantages and disadvantages, primary angioplasty is the preferred therapy in most scenarios. Apart from this, other supportive therapy also gets initiated simultaneously.
It’s always best to prevent such an event from happening. For that, leading a heart healthy life style is important. All the risk factors for heart disease [like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle] are silent killers as they do not produce uncomfortable symptoms and are hence neglected by most of us. Getting yourself checked by an expert cardiologist at regular intervals is critical.
Follow these pointers diligently:
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