Heart attacks: a health problem that can be avoided

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Heart attacks: a health problem that can be avoided

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Heart attacks are caused when the coronary arteries that carry oxygen and blood to the heart become blocked, usually by clots. When this happens, part of the heart muscle begins to be damaged until it collapses. Another reason for heart attacks is cardiovascular disease: hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure, among others. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more people die each year from a heart attack than from any other cause. And there are a number of risk factors that are triggers of obstruction in the veins. These include consuming tobacco and large amounts of alcohol, eating an unbalanced diet, and not exercising regularly. 

Signs that tell you that you may have a heart attack

Although all heart attacks happen in the same way, they do not always present the same symptoms, nor do they have the same degree of pain intensity. There are even cases in which the patient does not give any signal, but simply goes into cardiac arrest.  

However, the first symptom of a heart attack is usually constant chest pain or discomfort, also known as angina. Added to this are pains that can be in the arm, left shoulder, jaw or back. 

In addition, some people begin to detect heart attack by "minimal symptoms" such as indigestion or nausea, lightheadedness, fainting, pale complexion, and shortness of breath. Commonly, it is women who experience a greater part of these symptoms.

heart attack prevention

Ecuador is one of the countries that has a considerable number of people who suffer from heart attacks. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of Ecuador (INEC), in 2015 there were approximately 1.4 million people affected by heart attacks. 

However, heart attacks can be prevented by eating a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables, as well as considering a regulated intake of salt and high-fat foods. Physical exercise routines should also be included in the lifestyle.

In addition to taking care of your health through preventive measures, it is important to have insurance that allows the best care in the hospital of your convenience. BMI Unique plans allow you to receive the best medical care with access to the best hospitals in the world.

With BMI Unique you get quality care

Having medical insurance is essential, which is why BMI Unique provides coverage in a large number of hospitals within Ecuador and in the rest of the world, such as the Cleveland Clinic Hospital qualified #1 for Heart treatments. To learn more about the BMI Unique plans and which service centers you can visit, we invite you to visit the following link: https://unique.bmi.com.ec/planes/

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