is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it. If you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease, you can keep it from getting worse.
Every 36 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America’s leading cause of death. Since most of those deaths are from coronary heart disease – about 452,000 each year – it’s important to learn all you can about heart attack.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked off by a blood clot. This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances called plaque.
If the plaque breaks open and a blood clot forms to block the blood flow, a heart attack occurs. Damage increases the longer an artery stays blocked. Once the muscle dies, the result is permanent.
During a Heart Attack, Minutes Matter GET HELP FAST
Abilene Regional Medical Center offers chest pain services, including cardiac catheterization, right here at home which is key to a successful patient recovery.
If you or someone you are with experiences one or more symptoms of a heart attack call 9-1-1 immediately and know where to go.
Abilene Regional Medical Center
6250 HWY 83/84
Abilene, TX 79606