Medically known as a myocardial infarction, a heart attack happens when blood stops flowing properly to the heart. Due to the lack of oxygen the heart is receiving the heart muscle is injured.
According to a National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey, more than 5.3 million persons visited the emergency room in 2010 due to chest pain. Additionally, 4.1 million persons who visited the emergency room had congestive heart failure which typically results in a heart attack. It is estimated that about 1 million Americans will suffer a heart attack each year.
Although coronary disease is a common cause of heart attacks, other causes include emotional stress or pain, dangerous drugs, and exposure to extreme cold. Most anyone can have a heart attack however men over the age of 45 and women over 55 years of age are at an increased risk.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack due to another’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress, lost wages, and more.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Despite what most media portrays not all heart attacks begin with crushing pain and the individual grabbing their chest. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack can potentially save a person’s life.
Some signs and symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Chest Pain
- Pain in the Left Arm, Lower Jaw, Neck
- Feelings of Fullness
- Shortness of Breath
- Profuse Sweating
- Trouble Sleeping
Part of the reason the signs and symptoms may vary is because when the symptoms happen suddenly is referred to as an acute heart attack. Some persons experience symptoms gradually while some will have a “silent myocardial infarction” where they experience no particular symptoms. Those who suffer silent heart attacks do not know about it until a blood enzyme test or electrocardiogram is performed.
What to Do During a Heart Attack
If you or a loved one believes they are having a heart attack, one of the first steps to take is to call 9-1-1. If you do not have access to emergency services, have someone else drive you to the closest hospital or as a last minute resort you may drive yourself. It is most important to get medical attention right away.
Those who have been prescribed nitroglycerin may wish to take the medication while waiting for emergency services.
If you see someone having a heart attack along with calling 9-1-1, you may wish to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in order to send oxygen to the brain and heart.
Contact our Burlington Personal Injury Lawyers Today
As stress, certain weather conditions, and dangerous drugs can bring on a myocardial infarction, those who have suffered this personal injury due to another’s negligence may be entitled to make a claim. If you or a loved one has is seeking legal counsel after suffering from a serious heart attack, our attorneys can help.
The lawyers at Lewis & Keller are knowledgeable in personal injury law and have more than 150 years of combined legal experience representing personal injury victims. We are pleased to have two offices in North Carolina and proudly serve the following areas:
- Oak Ride
…and many more surrounding towns and cities. To schedule a free, no-obligation initial case consultation, contact us at 866.299.1769. After a few preliminary questions one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our attorneys best suited in handling your specific case.