Cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in many industrialized countries. In 2012, cardiovascular disease resulted in 17.5 million deaths globally with this number estimated to increase to 23.6 million by the year 2030.
The human heart muscle contracts about 70 to 80 times a minute to pump blood through the body. In this way, the heart supplies the organs with oxygen and important nutrients. But what if the blood supply to the heart muscle itself, or parts of it, fails? This is what happens, for example, when heart blood vessels get clogged up with blood clots. The consequence can be what is known as a myocardial infarction – a heart attack.
Most heart attacks begin slowly and are accompanied by chest pain, discomfort, shortness of breath, or outbreaks of sweating. Because such symptoms are not clear-cut, some people wait too long before seeking help. Yet a heart attack can be fatal. A doctor should therefore be consulted as quickly as possible.
Risk factors for a heart attack include high blood pressure, smoking, lack of exercise, being overweight, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.
The main treatment goal for patients who suffered a heart attack is to prevent death, stroke or another heart attack by removing an existing blood clot, and subsequently stopping the formation of new clots. Bayer offers products that may be of benefit for these patients. It is important for doctors and patients to discuss all available treatment options to ensure the patient receives the best medication for him / her.