Did you know there are certain times and places a heart attack is more likely to occur? Additionally, surviving a heart attack could depend on where it happens since some places have equipment and personnel ready for such incidents, whereas other locations may not.
People at risk for heart disease or those with previous heart problems are more at risk to suffer heart attacks in various situations. Here are three top places where heart attacks occur:
1. In bed:
One of the most dangerous times for a heart attack is during the last phase of sleep, Dr. Roberto Manfredini, professor of internal medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, tells Time
. Activity in the autonomic nervous system dramatically increases with rapid eye movement when dreaming often occurs. Sleeping usually causes low blood pressure and heart rate, except during the last phase of sleep when the heart runs faster and consumes more oxygen. Heart patients and those with heart disease are particularly at risk. Heart attacks also occur more often in the morning hours.
2. At sports stadiums:
Sporting events are among the more common places for a person to suffer a heart attack, according to the law offices of Price Benowitz
. Watching the competition can raise emotional responses and increase the heart rate. The stress may also put pressure on the heart for those people susceptible to heart problems.
3. Public places:
Given the sheer amount of time people spend in public, it's no surprise that many heart attacks occur there. Luckily, people who suffer heart attacks in office buildings, schools, gyms, airports, and other public areas are more likely to survive, The Los Angeles Times reports
. Heartbeat irregularity or ventricular fibrillation signals heart problems for many of these people and they can alert those around them. Public buildings and locations often have access to automatic external defibrillators, which help revive heart attack victims so they can be treated.
There is one place in particular you really don't want to be when having a heart attack, and it's surprising: the hospital.
About 10,000 Americans a year have a heart attack in the hospital while undergoing treatment for different health issues — and they are three times more likely to die than those who suffer heart attacks at home, according to the Daily Mail
. Symptoms aren’t always easily recognized by hospital staff when monitoring other conditions, and they may wait for results before administering an electrocardiogram, or ECG. In fact, emergency personnel provide an ECG more quickly to patients taken to an emergency room, the newspaper reports.
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