About heart health

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health Heart Health - www.irish­heart.ie

Heart at­tacks can vary from small events caus­ing no resid­ual is­sues to oc­clu­sion of main ar­ter­ies lead­ing to a large scar and heart fail­ure ar­rhyth­mia and sud­den death.

Nearly 10,000 peo­ple die from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD) in Ire­land ev­ery year and about half of these die as a re­sult of heart at­tack.

More lives could be saved if more peo­ple recog­nised the symp­toms and got to hospi­tal quickly.

Chest dis­com­fort is the most com­mon symp­tom with 6 in 10 adults nom­i­nat­ing this as a sign of some­one who might be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a heart at­tack.

Other symp­toms in­clude: chest pain at rest, up­per body pain in the jaw, back, neck or arms, short­ness of breath, sweat­ing, nau­sea, light-head­ed­ness, loss of con­scious­ness, weak­ness and tired­ness.

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