In the United States someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a angina-related event, according to the heart foundation. Myocardial infarction and Heart failure are very common medical conditions facing millions of people in the United States each year. However the diagnosis for cardiovascular diseaseand cardiopulmonary arrestcan result in very distinctive ways to how a patron is treated, checked and followed by his or her doctor. Although, patrons knowing the differences between the two medical conditions it is vitally important to ensure the patron gets proper treatment and long-term care that will help result in excellent results and improved quality of life.

What is the difference between heart attacks and heart failure?

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is significantly reduced or completely cut off due to blockages within the coronary arteries. This lack of blood flow deprives the core's muscle of the oxygen it needs to survive. The severity of the coronary infarctionand the ultimate damage to the cardiac arrestmuscle depends on how large the blockage is and how long it takes for the person to get medical attention, according to the American Heart Association. However while a asystolesignals a “failure” within a person’s body of the core'sblood supply, the condition is known, as “heart failure” is different.

Heart failure does not exactly mean that the heart has failed completely.

Regardless of its name, Cardiac outputmakes it sounds like the heart is not working at all. Actually, cardiac outputmeans that the heart is not pumping properly or adequately enough to meet the body's demands. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans would develop heart failure during their lifetime? According to AHA, your body depends on the backbonepumping action to deliver oxygen-and nutrient-rich blood to the body's cells.

When the cells are nourished properly, the body can function normally.

With systole, the weakened body's core organcan't supply the cells with enough blood. This results in fatigue and shortness of breath and some people have coughing. Everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs or carrying groceries can become very difficult, according to the AHA.

Keep a healthy core, watch out for the warning signs

Coronary occlusion can occur at any age regardless of gender and age. You don't wait to get help if you feel you are experiencing any of these heart attack warning signs. Although it is known that some coronarythrombosisare abrupt and severe, most coronary occlusionstart gradually, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay very close attention to your body and the signs of having an coronary occlusion— call 911 if you feel any of these signs:

  • Chest discomfort. Heart attacks involve pain and discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. Chest discomfort can feel uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs of coronarythrombosis include breaking out in a cold sweat, lightheadness or nausea

Take care of your body, know the symptoms

According to the AHA, any one sign of heart failure may not be cause for alarm.

But if you have more than one of these symptoms, even if you haven't been diagnosed with any coreproblems, report them to a healthcare professional and ask for an evaluation of your core.

  • Shortness of breath-breathlessness during activity (most commonly), at rest, or while sleeping, which may come on suddenly and wake you up.
  • Persistent coughing or wheezing
  • Tiredness, fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Lack of appetite, nausea
  • Confusion, impaired thinking
  • Buildup of excess fluid in body tissues (edema)

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