1. What is a heart attack actually?
Unlike the dramatic Hollywood version of chest clutching, most heart attacks are progressive1. They usually begin when small plaques in your arteries rupture. These ruptures then attract platelets which trigger blood clotting. Over a short period, the clot grows in size and blocks the artery2 effectively depriving your heart of oxygen and causing a heart attack.
The good news is that if you receive medical attention early, the clot size is contained and the heart attack is stopped.
2. Why should I worry, am I even at risk?
You are at risk if any of the following is applicable:
- (Why?) Smoking
- (Why?) High blood pressure
- (Why?) High cholesterol
- (Why?) Diabetes
- (Why?) Obesity
- (Why?) Lack of regular exercise
- (Why?) Severe stress
- (Why?) Have a family history of heart disease
It is important to realize that these factors are interconnected. For instance high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol cause plaque build-up4 while obesity increases blood pressure5.
Therefore, have a few factors often exerbate the risk of a heart attack exponentially.
3. But I feel perfectly fine, do I really need to worry?
Most people normally feel fine but are unaware that their arteries have growing plaques. Therefore, they persist in their lifestyle choices causing the plaques to grow even more – further increasing their risk of having a heart attack.
4. What should I do next?
If you are at risk and have not had a cardiac screening, the time is now.
It is paramount that you first determine the state of your arteries and heart so that you and the cardiologist can develop a course of action to safe guard your life.
5. How can Ulink help?
We have helped many of our clients undergo cardiac screenings or arrange consultations with Singapore's best cardiologists. In their care you'll never have to worry about which tests are necessary and if the results are interpreted correctly.
To find out more talk to us!
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