What is heart attack?
A heart is a muscle, and it needs a good blood supply to keep it healthy. A heart attack happens when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to an area of your heart. As we get older, the smooth inner walls of the arteries that supply the blood to the heart can become damaged and narrow due to the build up of fatty materials, called plaque.
The longer the blockage is left untreated, the more the heart muscle is damaged. If the blood flow is not restored quickly, the damage to the heart muscle is permanent.
Fast facts on heart attacks in bathroom or while bathing:
1. Bathing deaths are most common in the winter, when the atmospheric temperature is low.
2. Bathing deaths tend to occur when the bath water temperature is high:45 or more.
3. Bathing deaths are most common among people of 45 years of age and over.
4. Bathing deaths tend to occur when elderly persons with a history of hypertension, ischemic heart disease, or cerebral infarction take hot baths.
5. Bathing deaths tend to occur when there are temperature differences between the dressing room and the bathroom.
6. Bathing deaths tend to occur as a result of impairments of circulatory function, such as abrupt changes in blood pressure and sweating associated with the act of taking a bath.
Why do heart attacks often happen in bathroom?
A UiTM Prof with the national sports board.He has been advising people not to wet the head and hair first when showering as this is in the wrong sequence. This will cause the body to adjust its temperature too quickly because we are warm blooded. By performing this incorrect sequence, blood rushing up the head may cause capillary or artery breakage hence a stroke and a fall.
Right way of showering is to start wetting the body from the feet up to the shoulders slowly. A sensation of vapour coming out of the crown on the head or bristling of body hair may be felt for some people.
Follow this procedure then shower as usual. This video is especially useful for people with high blood, high cholesterol and even migrarine.
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