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A myocardial infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack, refers to the death of the heart muscle that is caused by a cessation of blood flow to the heart muscle caused by a blockage.

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The mainstay of therapy are blood-thinning drugs, and the most common blood-thinning drug we use is Aspirin.

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Heart attacks are linked to atrial fibrillation.

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Another medication that is often prescribed after a heart attack is an ACE inhibitor.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in North America. Heart disease refers to many conditions that affect the heart, including coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart attack, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) and congenital heart disease.

Heart Disease Symptoms

Heart disease symptoms depend on the type of heart disease you have. However, there are some common cardiovascular disease symptoms that many people experience including:

• Pain, aching or discomfort in the chest and arm (can spread to other parts of the body) 
• Nausea or vomiting 
• Dizziness 
• Sweating 
• Restlessness 

Risk factors for heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Heart-Healthy Diets & Exercise

While there are some heart disease risk factors you can’t control, there are some you can, including diet and lifestyle. Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your lifestyle habits. A diet low in saturated fat and high in fibre and plant food can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by:

• Improving your cholesterol and blood pressure levels 
• Controlling your blood sugar 
• Helping you maintain a healthy body weight 

Exercise is also key to your heart health. For overall cardiovascular health experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week (or a combination of the two). In addition, moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per is beneficial.

If you need to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, you should be getting 40 minutes of aerobic exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity three to four times a week to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. When it comes to heart health, the best place to start is with your physician – he or she can help you get on the right track with diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications.

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  • Risk factors for heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes.

  • While symptoms vary depending on the type of heart disease you have, there are some common symptoms that many people experience including pain, aching or discomfort in the chest and arm, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, sweating  and restlessness.

  • While there are some heart disease risk factors you can’t control, there are some you can, including diet and lifestyle. Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your lifestyle habits.

  • A diet low in saturated fat and high in fibre and plant food can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by improving your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, controlling your blood sugar and helping you maintain a healthy body weight.

  • Exercise is also key to your heart health. For overall cardiovascular health experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week (or a combination of the two). In addition, moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per is beneficial.

Adherence:
Adhering to your medications, prescribed exercises or lifestyle changes (such as dietary changes, smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, etc.) is essential to improving health outcomes successfully. Compliance to any prescribed treatment is the number one thing you can do to ensure positive changes and optimal treatment outcomes.

A heart attack (acute myocardial infarction) happens when muscle tissue in the heart is denied the flow of oxygen-rich blood due to a blocked artery. Heart attack symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and sweating and a local Cardiologist can help you deal with these symptoms. Heart attack prevention involves reducing risk factors such as high cholesterol, smoking and obesity. Get the answers you need to take control of your health from our up-to-date, complementary heart attack resources. A local Cardiologist can help with heart conditons

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