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Heart Attack? Possible causes of heart attacks

Many people have died as a result of a heart attack around the world. A heart attack may occur when the oxygen rich blood which flows to a section of the heart becomes blocked and oxygen can’t get into the heart. If the oxygen flow doesn’t occur quickly then the section of the heart muscles begin to die.

Possible Causes  and symptoms of a heart attack

Coronary heart diseases

Heart attacks most commonly occur as a result of coronary artery diseases. It is mainly caused by the buildup of plaque inside the coronary arteries which are responsible for the supply of oxygen rich blood to your heart. The buildup of plaque takes several years to accumulate which eventually breaks leading to a clot, which if, becomes large enough mostly blocks the flow of blood through a coronary artery thus leading to heart attacks.

Severe Spasm

This is another not so common cause of a heart attack. Severe spasm may lead to the tightening of the coronary artery which may cut off the blood supply to the heart.

Heart Failure

 A heart failure is a condition which occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It is a life threatening arrhythmia which can lead to death if not treated right away.

Symptoms of a heart attack

Usually the symptoms vary from person to person. Some people may have fewer symptoms compared to others.

  • Chest pain or discomfort

Most people who suffer from heart attacks get certain discomfort or pains in the center or left side of the chest. The discomfort can usually last for a few minutes which can disappear and reappear over time. It usually feels like squeezing, certain pressure or pain. Sometimes it can also feel like heartburn.

  • Upper body discomfort

You may experience a certain pain or discomfort in your arms, jaw, shoulders, stomach or your back.

  • Shortness of breath

This may occur when you are resting or exercising.

  •  Feeling unusually tired for no reason all the time.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Light-headedness

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