100 Questions & Answers About Heart Attack And Related by Edward K. Chung

By Edward K. Chung

Over 1000000 humans endure middle assaults every year within the usa on my own. middle disorder is our #1 reason for loss of life. yet many middle assaults are preventable, and center problems should be handled. if you happen to or your family were touched via heart problems, a hundred Questions and solutions approximately center assault and similar Cardiac difficulties deals support. well known heart specialist Edward ok. Chung, MD, attracts upon many years of medical adventure to provide authoritative, functional solutions on your questions on factors of center assaults, center assault prevention, cures, post-treatment caliber of existence, assets of help and lots more and plenty extra. Written in undeniable language for the lay reader, together with an exact interview with one in every of Dr. Chung's sufferers, this ebook is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary ailment.

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38 one of these medications can be prescribed, but often you might use two or more together, depending upon your physician’s medical judgment. ) 27. Why is cigarette smoking the major coronary risk factor? Fifty million Americans still smoke. Cigarette smoking is one of the four major coronary risk factors (see Question 16). If you smoke a pack of cigarettes daily, you have a risk of heart attack more than twice that of nonsmokers. In addition, if you smoke and have a heart attack, you are less likely to survive than a nonsmoker.

Studies have shown that the chance of smokers in their thirties and forties having a heart attack is 5 times as high as that in nonsmokers within the same age group. The good news is that, if you don’t yet have coronary artery disease, the risk of a heart attack starts to drop as soon as you quit smoking, regardless of how much chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 39 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Diagnosis or for how long you’ve smoked before. About 3 years after you stop smoking, your risk of death from a heart attack is almost the same as if you’d never smoked.

Chung2 7/1/03 10:53 AM Page 44 100 Q&A ABOUT HEART ATTACK AND RELATED CARDIAC PROBLEMS obtaining urgent medical treatment can trigger serious complications and even death in many cases. 31. What are the characteristic features of chest pain or other forms of chest discomfort felt by heart attack victims? For one thing, you would feel any form of chest pain or chest discomfort deeply rather than feeling it on the surface. Physical exercise, stress, or anger often trigger chest pain, but heart attack pain does not clear up by resting or taking even three or more tablets of nitroglycerin.

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