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About Heart attack

Heart attack is a common cause for deaths in most adults. The risk is even more in people with age of 65 and above. While there are many reasons for a heart attack to occur, the most common causes include the inability for the heart to pump adequate level of blood or when enough blood does not reach the heart. The blood supply is usually blocked by narrowing arteries or a blood clot.

Studies show that heart attack risk increases on obesity, snoring, air pollution, certain diabetes drugs and lung disease inhalers, poor dental hygiene and bleeding gums, Bisphenol A - a chemical used in plastic bottles, Viagra, big sport games, heriditary reasions etc.

Not all heart attacks cause death. However, every heart attack is really painful. A team at the University of Southampton is studying to demystify near-death experiences, a type of cardiac arrest in which all three criteria of death are present.

Another study showed that, unlike perseived, Lipitor (in women) and Folic acid-fortified bread does not reduce heart attack risk.

The human body has a mechanism to overcome heart attack risk but external factor often over react. A study for instance, showed that Human embryonic stem cell secretions reduce heart injury by 60pc in pigs.


  • Over 800,000 people die in the US each year from cardiovascular disease and strokes.
  • About 80% of all strokes are preventable.

Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest and Heart Strokes

  • A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to the heart is severely reduced or cut off.
  • A Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, preventing blood and oxygen from getting to vital organs. Automated external defibrillator is used to get the heart to get beating again.
  • Heart strokes occur when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted or severely limited. This results in cutting off oxygen and nutrients from brain tissue.

Reasons for heart attack

  • A broken heart can prove to be a serious health threat, say Australian researchers who found that people mourning the loss of a loved one are six times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest.
  • Prostate cancer patients receiving hormone therapy might be at an increased risk of developing heart problems, according to a new study.
  • Tel Aviv University shows that smoking cessation significantly increases cardiac health later in life.

Detection of a heart attack

Prevention / Reducing Heart attack

Strong daylight

In a research in 2012, it was revealed that intense light could be used to prevent and treat heart attacks. The study showed that strong daylight activated Period 2 in animals and minimized damage from a heart attack.


Young and Middle aged adults at a higher risk

A study in 2012 shows that young and middle aged adults have a higher risk to heart strokes than those in old age. The rate of strokes among adults under 55 nearly doubled between 1993 and 2005.

Recent research on heart attacks

  • A research shows that Stem cells repair congenital heart defect in mice. If successful, we should be able to solve the problem of heart attacks due to heriditary reasons.
  • Patients who took prasugrel for acute coronary syndromes (ACS) managed with an artery-opening procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and had survived their first cardiovascular event and then suffered a subsequent event, were 35 percent less likely to have a recurrent event (composite endpoint of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death)than those who took clopidogrel (10.8% vs. 15.4%; P=0.016) according to the European Heart Journal.
  • A Spanish study has found that cardiac muscle cells known as cardiomyocytes carry out repair in an injured zebrafish heart - a finding that could provide insight into how human hearts could be made to repair themselves after a heart attack.
  • A robot that expresses pain and suffers from multiple health problems is being used for the training of medical staff.
  • Duke University Medical Center scientists have uncovered cells that mend a broken heart.

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