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Heart and CirculationHeart Attack

Heart attack occurs when the supply of blood and oxygen to an area on the heart muscle is blocked, usually by a clot in the coronary artery. Heart attack is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide. However, if the indications are recognized early and proper medications are given, the person’s life can be saved to a large extent.

The indications for a heart attack include:

• Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that can last for more than few minutes.

• The chest discomfort may come and go and can have a feeling of uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

• Discomfort in the other areas of the upper body which may include one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or the stomach.

 • Sudden weekness followed with sweating and fainting.

• Shortness of breath

• Cold

• Nausea

• Lightheadness

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