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How to Have a Heart Attack?

heart attack illustratedThere are few things more serious than a heart attack. If you are feeling a bit unnoticed then having a heart attack is sure to make you the centre of attention – assuming you don’t die right away. If this is something that you’ve always wanted to experience for yourself then just read on. By the end of this article you should have all the information you need. Of course, if you want to avoid having a heart attack you could do the opposite of what is suggested here.

What is a Heart Attack?

It probably makes sense to first define what we mean by a heart attack. In doctor talk it is actually referred to as a ‘myocardial infarction’ or MI if you like abbreviations. What happens is that blood cannot get to a part of the heart muscle and so that area dies. This means that the heart is unable to function properly. If enough of the heart is destroyed it will mean death for the person having the heart attack. In the US there are well over a million people who suffer a heart attack each year; almost half of these people will die because of it.

How to Get a Heart Attack

What follows are just a few of the ways that you can increase your risk of developing a heart attack:

  • Lead a sedentary lifestyle where you spend most of the time sitting around watching TV or working on the computer. This will help ensure that you have high cholesterol and suffer from obesity.  It should also help ensure that you have high blood pressure. Those people who exercise regularly greatly reduce their risk of a heart attack.
  • If you smoke cigarettes you should keep up the good work. This habit damages the walls of blood vessels and so this should mean that you are an accident waiting to happen. Damaged blood vessels are great because they allow cholesterol to collect there; it should only be a matter of time before you visit heart attack city.
  • Be sure to eat a lot more calories than you need. That way you will become obese and greatly increase your chances of having an MI.
  • Eating the wrong food should also increase your chances of developing diabetes which is a powerful risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
  • Add as much stress to your life as you possibly can. Maybe you could have an affair with your next door neighbor or try to deliberately annoy your boss? Nervous tension should put your blood pressure in the high zone and this is where you want it to be if you want a heart attack.
  • Develop a taste for illegal drugs; especially stimulants like crack cocaine or speed. These substances are the equivalent of taking a sledgehammer to your heart so it is probably only a matter of time before you wake up in intensive care – assuming you do wake up.
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What Is Blood Thinner?

Platelets and clots formationClots forming in the blood stream can be dangerous. They may block blood vessels and this can lead to a heart attack, or a cardiovascular accident (stroke). These clots appear in the blood stream due to too many platelets. Some people are more susceptible to blood clot formation and this is why they may require blood thinner medication.

Why Too Many Platelets Lead to Blood Clots

Platelets are needed for our survival. In fact if they fall too low we could bleed to death from even a small cut. The ability of platelets to form clots allows the body to repair broken tissue, but this ability is also potentially harmful if platelets build up and cause clots inside the body that can block blood vessels. It is vital that humans are able to have platelets at the right levels within the body because having them too high or too low can be dangerous.

What is Blood Thinner Medication?

This type of medication is also referred to as an anti-coagulant. There are many different examples of this type of drug but the most famous of all is Aspirin. It works by reducing the number of platelets in the blood stream and thus making it less likely for clots to occur. For a lot of people with coagulation problems the only medication they will ever require is half a tablet of Aspirin.

Aspirin is not going to be the most suitable anti-coagulant for everyone. In some cases it won’t be strong enough to do the work that is required. There can also be unwanted side effects with using this medication, and there are particular concerns when it is given regularly to children. Aspirin can cause Reye’s syndrome; a potentially fatal condition where different organs within the body are damaged.

There are many possible alternatives to Aspirin and probably the most famous of these is a drug called Wafarin. With this medication it is possible to constantly monitor the blood levels and adjust the Wafarin dosage in response to this. It is usual for the patient to be put on a regular dosage once the right combination is found. Those who take Wafarin are required to carry around a card that states that they are on this medication. If surgery or dental treatment is ever required it must be known that the individual is on this type of blood thinner. As well as Wafarin there are also a number of other new drugs available such as Plavix.

Safe Use of Blood Thinner Medication

It is important that anyone who uses blood thinner medication follows any instructions provided by their doctor. This drug could potentially cause problems if it is not used correctly. You should never make any changes to your anti coagulant therapy before first consulting your doctor. It is also not a good idea to start taking daily Aspirin unless you have been advised to do so by your health care professional. If you take this medication as prescribed though, it can greatly reduce your risk of clot related emergencies.