Everything You Need to Know About A Heart Attack


Heart disease is among the top fatal diseases in the world. The fatality figure of heart disease in the US alone is approximately 610,000 people annually.

In our previous heart disease series, we discussed hypertension. Two kinds of hypertension are essential hypertension and secondary hypertension. Essential hypertension does not reveal any symptoms. It is, therefore, possible to be misdiagnosed and wrongly treated when you have essential hypertension.

The drastic action of wrong treatment of hypertension can lead to serious health complications such as a heart attack.

The startling annual figure of heart attack cases in America alone is 735,000, of which the number of first-time heart attack patients is 525,000. The remaining 210,000 are recurring heart attack cases.

Detecting and realizing your symptoms early enough can give your doctor enough time to treat you and hence, prevent a severe and deadly heart attack. Compared to a couple of decades ago, there has been some improvement in heart attack treatment. The survival rate is now at about 90 percent.

What is Heart Attack?

A heart attack is also known as myocardial infarction. It is a disease that occurs when the plaque buildup or a clot completely blocks the coronary artery. The blood supply to the heart muscles is, therefore, cut off. Loss of oxygenated blood supply to the heart permanently damages part of the heart muscle, which then causes a heart attack or even death.

A heart attack is a life-threatening disease. You should consider any heart attack case as a severe medical emergency. Call your emergency number for immediate medical help in case of a heart attack.

Significant Facts on Heart Attack

The pain from angina (chest pain) is almost similar to the pain felt from a heart attack only that it is more severe with a heart attack. Angina is chest pain caused by the blood flow strain due to narrowed coronary arteries rather than blocked as in a heart attack.

Men are at risk of a heart attack when at 45 years and women in their 55 years and above.

A heart attack can happen without revealing any symptoms. A painless heart attack is called a "silent heart attack."

In case of a heart attack, your doctor can advise you to take an uncoated aspirin as a quick remedy for preventing heart muscle damage. A daily take of aspirin can also prevent a heart attack recurrence.

A heart attack can be fatal if not realized early enough and attended to immediately. It is essential to familiarize yourself with heart attack symptoms to know when to seek emergency help.

Heart Attack Symptoms

Symptoms of a heart attack can vary from one person to the other. Men and women may have different heart attack symptoms, as well. Other varying symptoms are age and other heart conditions.

What are the Initial Signs of a Heart Attack?

Whenever you suspect a heart attack onset from early signs, make arrangements to see your doctor immediately. You can save your heart from severe damage by starting treatment early enough.

Some of the most common signs of a heart attack include:

  • Short of breath
  • A tight or squeezing feeling in the chest
  • On and off chest discomfort or slight chest pain
  • Feeling lightheadedness, lethargy, and fainting
  • Jaw, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeats
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Silent Heart Attack Signs

A silent heart attack, also called unrecognized myocardial infractions (UMI), can occur without revealing any signs or symptoms. Lack of symptoms can lead to late treatment, which can then cause severe heart damage and probably untimely death.

People with a previous heart attack and those with diabetes are at risk of a silent heart attack. According to some findings, the silent heart attack affects about 200,000 people yearly in the US alone.

Some of the few signs of a silent heart attack include:

  • Short-lasting mild pain in the arms, chest, or jaw
  • Lethargy and breathlessness
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion or pain in the abdomen
  • Clammy skin

What are the Causes of Heart Attack?

A heart attack commonly results from a blocked coronary artery. Cholesterol buildup can narrow the coronary arteries to cause coronary artery disease. Severe plaque buildup and hence, blood vessel blockage can lead to a heart attack.

The extent of coronary artery blockage can lead to different levels of a heart attack, which your health provider can diagnose and treat differently. When the coronary artery is completely blocked, you get ST-elevation myocardial infarction or STEMI. If it is partially blocked, then you get non-ST elevation myocardial infarction or NSTEMI.

A heart attack is a complicated heart disease that points to no particular cause. Some factors can place you at a high risk of a heart attack. Some of the risk elements are unavoidable, while you have a choice of avoiding others. It is essential to know all the heart attack risks to be aware of all your body's happenings.

The Unavoidable Risk Factors

  • Age – The older you become, you risk a heart attack.
  • Gender – Men older than 45 years and women more aged than 55 years are likely to have a heart attack.
  • Family history – If your family has a history of heart attack, you risk having one too.

Avoidable Risk Factors

  • High cholesterol food – Avoid high cholesterol food such as a high-fat diet, which can buildup plaque in your coronary arteries.
  • Weight – Obese or overweight can increase your chance of a heart attack
  • Sedentary lifestyle – Create time for exercise if you have a non-active life.
  • Smoking cigarettes / excess alcohol use – Change your lifestyle by quitting smoking and controlling your alcohol use to prevent heart attack.

Health Conditions Risk factor

  • Diabetes – Managing your diabetes by following your doctor's instructions to prevent a heart attack.
  • Hypertension – Check your blood pressure once per year if it is normal or as directed by your doctor in case of high blood pressure.
  • HIV – You can get a heart attack as a secondary condition if you have HIV. Manage your health by taking your medication and visiting your doctor at the set appointment without fail.
  • Anxiety and Depression – Anxiety, and depression are both a high risk of a heart attack. Seek support either from family, close friends, or professional if you have depression or anxiety.

How to Treat a Heart Attack

The initial emergency heart attack treatment is to treat the blocked coronary artery. Restoring oxygenated blood flow to the heart can prevent heart damage.


There are various alternative treatments for heart health issues. However, you may require consulting your health practitioner for the best therapy and advice. The following are some of the recommendations from our natural health practitioner, Yvonne Dollar Perc

Heart Attack Natural and Alternative Treatment

DNA Testing

We do DNA health testing, which could help detect this potential and many others. If you are concerned that you might have the possibility, then give us a call, and we can set up a DNA health assessment test. There are 2 Genes involved in promoting heart health. The Gene MTRR and the ApoB are critical factors in Heart Health, especially with fatty and cholesterol deposits.

Key Genes: ApoB

Healthy LDL Cholesterol Gene or ApoBrs693


The ApoB gene helps support a healthy heart by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range. ApoB Gene Regulates ApoB, the main component of LDL. Without ApoB, LDL cannot form. LDL levels in the Healthy range are associated with good Cardiovascular Health.

Key Genes: MTRR

Homocysteine/Healthy Heart Gene or MTRR rs1801394

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE MTRR GENE? The MTRR gene encodes for the MTRR enzyme, which specifically supports cardiovascular health by regulating homocysteine levels.

Live Blood Testing

We do Live Blood Analysis and look at dry blood samples specifically.

Blistering: Observed in Layer(s):

A localized area in the sample that appears raised/bulging. This pattern is connected to cardiovascular health challenges, including circulation problems, stress on the heart, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, narrowing of blood vessels, etc. We can also see crystals in the blood plasma.

Cholesterol: Crystals

Observed in Bright and Dark Field Assessment:

Large, trapezoidal structures that are semi-opaque. These crystals may cause circulatory hindrances and may be associated with high serum cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and possible high saturated fat intake. 

Blistering and cholesterol crystals

Natural Support for a Healthy Heart

The following are our recommendations for a healthy heart.

Rejuvenaid, 30 Packets. Rejuvenaid is a dual-pathway Nitric Oxide (NO) Generator for vasodilation and cardiovascular health.

CoQ10-100 mg (60 Softgels). Helps to maintain and/or support cardiovascular health. Many Co-Q10 products are marketed in a crystalline state, a form in which the coenzyme's absorbability is far less than ideal. Nature's Sunshine uses a patented lipid blend to keep Co-Q10 from crystallizing, and it yields maximum bioavailability.

Hawthorn, 100 Capsules. Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help maintain and support cardiovascular health.

Bottom Line

What you eat and how you live can affect your heart positively or negatively. Despite other people being at a high risk of a heart attack, you, too, are not exempted from the disease.

A regulated medical checkup can detect any heart anomaly long before a heart attack. Eat a healthy diet beneficial to your heart. Live a healthy lifestyle, watching your weight, and exercising regularly.

Support your health by using quality-controlled herbs and supplements. Myriad types of vitamins and supplements have saturated the market. It might challenge you to know what to pick from your local store shelf. We at Island HealthWorks can direct you to make a sound decision based on your health condition.

Our Natural Health Practitioner, Yvonne Dollard Perc, can customize a program for your dietary and herbal therapy to build and regain your health naturally. You don't have to face that state of a heart attack if you can help it.

Call us now at 250 468 7685 or write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book for an appointment.

Island HealthWorks cares for your heartbeat.

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Elizabeth Njuguna is a freelance writer, with a focus on natural health. Her aim is to promote healthy lifestyles through information. Connect with Elizabeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Editor: Yvonne Dollard Perc
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This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health. 

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021