A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygen and blood to the heart muscles is blocked. Every year thousands of people die in Pakistan due to heart attack. They either realize the signs too late or they don’t have access to good medical facilities. There are a number of causes of heart attack in men. The major factors are hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity and poor diet. Stress due to job or family issues also contributes towards heart attack.
Heart attack comes with warning signs. If the signs are addressed in time then the patient can survive otherwise death is inevitable as more heart muscles die if the treatment gets delayed. “Time is muscle”, say the cardiologists. Don’t wait and get urgent help if you experience any of these signs of heart attack:
- Pain in Chest: Most heart attacks start with pain in the center of your chest that lasts for few minutes. You can feel like pressure, pain, squeezing or fullness in your chest.
- Shortness of Breath: There can be shortness or difficulty in breathing. It may or may not be associated with chest pain.
- Discomfort in upper parts of Body: You may feel discomfort in upper parts of body; arms, neck, abdomen, jaw or back.
- Other signs: Other signs may include heartburn, excessive sweating, nausea, and lightheadedness.
“I felt like I was flying high in the sky while driving bike,” said one of the patients who had heart attack while he was driving on the road. He found himself in the hospital later with an oxygen mask and pressure in chest. Although the discomfort in chest in men is the most common sign of heart attack, you may not have chest pain at all or experience only mild discomfort. Some people may experience 1 or 2 signs while other may suffer from all. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above in yourself or someone in front of you for more than a few minutes, call the ambulance urgently. The treatment starts as soon as you call. You can be advised how to take care until the help arrives. Delaying it can lead to further damage of heart muscles or even loss of life.
Every year, thousands of men die from heart attack in Pakistan. The main reason is, lack of finances and surgical procedures. Cardiac surgery is affordable for a high level income family whereas for those who are living below the poverty line, getting surgical treatment is not possible for them because of no money. Due to these issues, their health gets further deteriorated and in many cases, it leads to patient’s death.
Transparent Hands has taken this initiative to conduct surgeries of these poor and needy patients free of cost. Join hands with us and save the lives of thousands of people of Pakistan!
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