Heart attacks are a serious medical emergency and require immediate treatment, according to the NHS. The condition, which is also known as a myocardial infarction, is caused by a lack of blood reaching the heart. Without enough blood, the heart may become seriously damaged, and it could even be life-threatening. You could be at risk of a heart attack if your Achilles tendons are relatively thick, it’s been revealed.
A thick Achilles tendon may be an early warning sign that you could be at risk of a heart attack, scientists have revealed.
The tendon stretches between your heel and your calf, and it could be caused by a blocked heart artery.
Those with a thicker Achilles tendon have a higher risk of coronary heart disease, which raises the risk of a heart attack, they said.
Harvard Medical School said: “A tendon that stretches between your heel and your calf may tell you something about your cardiovascular health.
“Researchers found that people with thicker Achilles tendons have more significant coronary artery disease and are at higher risk for a heart attack than those with thinner tendons.
“The study, which was presented in November 2018 at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, found that people with thicker Achilles tendons were more likely to have a blocked heart artery and left main coronary artery disease, which is associated with a high risk of heart disease and death.
“It’s unclear, however, exactly why this artery was thicker in these individuals.”
You could also be at risk of a heart attack if you find your lips develop a blueish tinge.
It could be caused by a failure of the cardiovascular system to deliver oxygen around the body.
Blue lips may actually be a sign of coronary heart disease. A heart attack is a symptom of heart disease.
Heart disease is a condition that’s caused by the heart’s blood supply becoming blocked by a build-up of fatty substances in the arteries.
One of the most common signs of a heart attack is chest pain, said the NHS.
The pain may feel like a tightness or squeezing right in the middle of the chest.
But, other heart attack symptoms include excessive sweating, having an overwhelming sensation of anxiety, and feeling lightheaded.
If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, you should call 999 straight away, urged the NHS.
Every seven minutes, someone in the UK has a heart attack, added charity Heart UK.