Heart attacks are caused by a number of factors that accumulate over our lifetime and mostly affect people aged over 45.
Statistics show that nearly one in ten Australia between the ages of 30 and 65 have been told by their GP that they are at risk of having a heart attack within the next five years.
Last month, Shoukat Khan, Heart Support Australia's National Program Facilitator and Manager was approached by SBS to feature on their Viva podcast. SBS Viva talks about the ideas, concerns, passions and pursuits of Australia's booming older generations though a vibrant audio series that invites their audience to explore fresh perspectives on ageing well.
"Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the centre of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or that will go away and then that they'll come back again. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure or squeezing or fullness or pain. Discomfort in other areas of the upper body or in one or both arms, in the back or even in the neck, or in the stomach. Shortness of breath may occur with or without chest discomfort, breaking out in cold sweat or nausea or lightheadedness," said Mr Khan.
You can listen to the full podcast at the link below...