Heart Attack

A heart attack (scientifically called Myocardial Infarction) occurs when the blood supply that travels to the heart is interrupted. This interruption causes a blood flow and oxygen shortage to the heart resulting in heart cell deaths.

Unfortunately heart cells do not regenerate themselves. So a part of the heart is literally dead.

The smoke from the cigarettes causes a shrinkage of the arteries. This causes a build up of cholesterol and white blood cells which create blockage in the wall of the artery.

This restriction in blood supply and shortage of oxygen to the heart causes an attack.

The Common Symptoms are:

■ chest pain

■ Pain in the left and right arms, lower jaw, neck, abdomen area, and upper back area

■ nausea

■ vomiting

■ shortness of breath

■ sweating

■ palpitations

This diagram shows in general the pain zones in the chest area during an attack. The dark red shows the most typical area and the light red shows other possible areas.

This diagram shows where the pain is felt in the back area.

The chest pain is described as a tightness, squeezing, or pressure sensation. The upper abdomen area pain is described as a heart burn sensation.

Women typically experience less symptoms, such as weakness, shortness of breath, indigestion and fatigue.

Return from Heart Attack to Effects of Smoking

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