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What is heart disease?

The heart is vital to life as it pumps blood to all cells and tissues of the body carrying oxygen and nutrients. If the pumping action of the heart is sub optimal, vital organs can suffer and the overall health of a person is jeopardised.

There are many kinds of heart disease which affect the heart in different ways, however what they have in common is that through one mechanism or another they disrupt the vital pumping action of the heart.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) can be described as the interruption of blood supply to an area of the heart, which in turn causes heart cells to die. The interruption of blood supply usually occurs due to the blockage of a coronary artery. This blockage in blood supply and subsequent oxygen shortage, if left untreated, can cause great damage to the heart muscle tissue.

Symptoms of a heart attack include sudden chest pain which may extend to the left side of the body, palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea and vomiting.

Risk factors for a heart attack include diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, family history of heart disease, obesity, age (45 years and over), stress, alcohol and gender (males are generally higher risk).

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Your doctor will advise you whether using Astrix™ capsules as part of an overall program to manage the risk of heart attack or stroke is suitable for you. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Please visit your doctor on a regular basis to monitor your condition.