heart attack prevention plans require a multifaceted approach. Patients can be proactive
by managing underlying medical conditions, eating nutritional and well-balanced
meals, and exercising on most days of the week. Although this is generally
common knowledge, the role of stress in adverse cardiac events is often
underestimated, and chronic stress isn’t the only type to influence
a person’s heart health. Sudden, severe episodes of stress, such
as those caused by natural disasters, may cause some people to seek emergency
care at a heart hospital, such as Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
Understanding the Role of Stress
Watch this featured video to find out how natural disasters can give rise
to heart attacks. This physician explains that when a person sustains
injuries or experiences a natural disaster, multiple bodily systems are
activated in response. Among these is the release of certain hormones
that instruct the body to increase its oxygen consumption, heart rate,
and similar functions. These responses cause the heart to work harder.
Since other tissues have increased oxygen consumption, the heart cannot
get enough oxygen for itself. The doctor featured in this video explains
that this effect can trigger a heart attack.
Knowing What to Do
during and after a natural disaster are typically chaotic. Families may be searching for loved ones, checking
on their homes, seeking medical care, and looking for much-needed supplies.
Yet, despite the flurry of activity that follows a natural disaster, it’s
important to remain aware of what your body is trying to tell you. Seek
emergency care if abnormal changes develop. These often include chest
pain, but might involve subtler symptoms like jaw pain, dizziness, cold
sweats, and fatigue. Getting emergency care could save your life.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI-a designation that reflects
the dedication of our heart hospital to upholding the highest standards
of patient care and safety. Families in San Jose are urged to call 911
if any signs of a possible heart attack develop. If you have a non-emergent
question about our heart hospital services, you can call a registered
nurse at (888) 762-8881.