A heart attack is a part of the heart muscle dying off. It is usually caused by a clogging of the a coronary artery which occurs when a plaque build up along the walls of a blood vessel (arteriosclerosis) detach itself. A heart attack is an emergency situation.
In the coronary artery disease, accumulation of material on the vessel walls can suddenly tear off and clog a coronary artery with the formation of blood clots. This prevents the affected heart muscles from receiving sufficient oxygen and they begin to die.
Heart attacks affect men twice as often as women and are usually associated with the hardening of the arteries (artherosclerosis). Risk factors and precautionary measures can be found in the coronary artery disease article. The signs of a heart attack include intense, long lasting chest pain (angina pectoris), with possible radiation into the throat or the left arm, usually associated with shortness of breath, feelings of anxiety, nausea, and a cold sweat. Some people may feel pains around their stomach. Triggers for a heart attack include vigorous physical effort, stressful situations and significant fluctuations in blood pressure.
If a heart attack is identified too late, the coronary muscle turns to scar tissue and can lead to heart failure, arrhythmia, or pulmonary edema (water in the lung). A visit to the hospital is a must for anyone experiencing the symptoms named above. If it’s treated soon enough, part of the heart muscle and the life of the patient can often be saved. A small procedure to install a thin stent into the coronary artery can help to keep the clogged artery open and reestablish blood flow. Stent or no, medications need to be taken throughout the rest of the individual’s life to prevent a second episode. Medications may include aspirin, cholesterol lowering drugs, beta-blockers, or ACE inhibitors.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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