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Signs Of a Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest

If you learn the signs of a heart attack and what steps to take, you can save a life–maybe your own.

A heart attack (also called myocardial infarction) is when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it isn’t receiving oxygen. Oxygen is carried to the heart by the arteries (blood vessels). Most heart attacks are caused by a blockage in these arteries. Usually the blockage is caused by atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of fatty deposits (called plaque) inside the artery.

Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Health Benefits

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. The body cannot make its own omega-3 fats, so they must be taken in through the diet (or in supplement form). The fats are naturally found in oily cold water fish like tuna, salmon, and sardines.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.