What you might not know about Heart Attacks

Facts

  • Around 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack each year, that’s one in every 10 mins.
  • Almost 9,000 Australians die of heart attack in a year, that’s one life per hour.
  • A heart attack claims one woman’s life every two hours.

So – you think you know the signs and symptoms of heart attack?

  • Commonly described as heaviness, tightness, or pressure.
  • Discomfort may spread to different parts of your upper body.
  • Other symptoms
    • Feeling short of breath
    • Feel nauseous
    • Have a cold sweat
    • Feel dizzy or light headed
  • Symptoms can come on suddenly or develop over minutes and get progressively worse.
  • They usually last for at least 10 mins.

Most importantly – do you know that:

  • Heart attack symptoms varies from person to person, they may not always be sudden or severe.
  • Some people do not have chest pain with heart attack, especially if you are diabetic, or being female, you may not have the typical heaviness in the chest sensation.

If you experience the warning signs of heart attack for 10mins, if they are severe or get progressively worse, call 000 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

It’s OK if it’s a false alarm. That’s the best thing that could happen. Too many people die from heart attack because they take too long to call an ambulance.

How about preventing a life threatening heart attack before it hits you?

  • Cardiovascular disease is still preventable if we intervene early.
  • You can reduce your risks of having heart attacks or stroke by treating/manage risk factors like: smoking, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
  • Your individual cardiovascular risk number would help to guide prevention/treatment plans.

Talk to one of our GP’s today to have your baseline blood tests done, and cardiovascular risks calculated.