Two things that matter most are the symptoms and how you respond to the situation. Dr Moosa briefs Alvin Thomas on the art of survival in heart attacks
The lifestyle you live can often construe into the health of your heart. You needn’t be a rocket scientist to comprehend that a frivolous routine can often lead to detrimental health – which can then lead to an early grave.
Last week, we looked at easy (and some difficult) ways by which we can keep our heart healthy. It’s a matter that must take centre stage, chiefly because recent statistics have alerted us that Oman is among the leading countries with reported heart diseases.
But taking steps to keep your heart healthy isn’t just enough, says Dr Moosa, a general practitioner at a private hospital in Oman.
“It’s true that you can always adopt a different routine to change your heart’s health, but the damage that has been done is irreparable – especially when dealing with those who have already undergone a
“So, in such a case, wherein you may have to deal with patients who are suffering from a heart condition, it’s best to know how to respond,” he tells.
“It’s important to know the symptoms of a heart attack and how you can respond to such a serious situation.
“When a person has a cardiac arrest or a heart attack, his or her survival depends on immediately getting a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from someone close by.
“There are reports that almost 80 to 90 per cent of people who suffer from cardiac arrests outside of a hospital die. So, CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.”
But cardiac arrest and a heart attack are two different conditions, says the doctor.
“A heart attack is when the heart is blocked and blood cannot flow. A sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly.”
Here are some of the symptoms exhibited by a patient suffering from a heart attack:
Cardiac arrests, however, strike immediately and without warning. It is triggered by an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat, which is also known as an arrhythmia.
The symptoms are:
Here’s how you can respond to a situation:
Next week, we’ll focus on how to give a CPR, and some crucial steps that must be taken when performing a CPR.