Heart attack is understood mainly in terms of its association with other comorbidities (having more than one condition concurrently), such as high cholesterol and hypertension. A sudden halt in blood flow to the heart can dangerously starve the organ of oxygen, although people are still conscious and breathing. One habit in the shower could precipitate the onset of symptoms.
Many heart attack victims report chest pain and shortness of breath in the moments leading up to an attack.
The condition is behind 10,000 hospitalisations annually, but thankfully the diffusion of treatments means many now survive an event.
According to certain experts, exposure to sudden gushes of water could be dangerous for individuals with heart disease.
Harvard Health explains: “A heart attack occurs when one of the heart’s coronary arteries is blocked suddenly or has extremely slow blood flow.
“A heart attack also is called a myocardial infarction. The usual cause of sudden blockage in a coronary artery is the formation of a blood clot.”