People don't recognize heart attacks when symptoms come on slowly

By Vishwadha Chander

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While this article is about heart attacks, strokes are generally considered related.

Following being hit by lightning and a severe concussion, I had a stroke. The doctor who treated me said that I was very lucky that the ambulance attendants gave me the appropriate medicine while being transported to the hospital. I am very grateful to have gotten the care I needed within the recommended time frame. Even so, the reduced brain function after a stroke, even a mild one, is no joke. I think my brain had to rewire itself in order to function more or less normally. Losing short term memory was very annoying, but after many years it got better. I had to resort to a "trick" in order to remember things. The trick was to think about the thing I wanted to remember repeatedly, until finally it sunk in.

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Being uninsured and having gradual symptom onset were the factors most strongly associated with a longer delay.


The general public, for the most part , is not cognizant around how to ID the significant symptoms of either heart attack Or stroke.


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That is a success outcome. Congrats!

It was a tough journey, to be sure!

The piece that worked in your favour is the prompt medical attention you received by first responders who KNEW how to identify and apply appropriate intervention.

It's true - the synapses in our brain can be rewired and the brain can develop new electrochemical transmissions to compensate for damage - however the key is early and appropriately targeted intervention.


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A study conducted by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has found that drinking two or more diet beverages in a day is linked to an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks, and even premature death in women who are above 50 years of age.

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