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Potassium is a mineral that is found in most foods. Potassium helps to balance fluids and minerals in your body. It also helps your body maintain a normal blood pressure. Potassium helps your muscles contract and your nerves function normally. You may need to increase or decrease potassium if you have certain health conditions.



Understanding the heart and coronary arteries

The heart is made mainly of special muscle. The heart pumps blood into blood vessels (arteries) which take the blood to every part of the body.
The coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart If these arteries are narrowed or blocked, the heart does not get enough oxygen.

This can cause angina or a heart attack. The blockage can be sudden and complete, or it can come and go – clot, break open, then clot again. “In either case, the heart tissue is dying, even if it’s just a few cells or a whole big section of the heart,” Bolger said.

Like any other muscle, the heart muscle needs a good blood supply. The coronary arteries take blood to the heart muscle. The main coronary arteries branch off from the aorta. The aorta is the large artery which takes oxygen-rich blood from the heart chambers to the body. The main coronary arteries divide into smaller branches which take blood to all parts of the heart muscle.

Understanding the heart and coronary arteries


  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

You should never wait more than five minutes to call emergency if you experience even one of the signs above. Remember, you could be having a stroke even if you’re not experiencing all of the symptoms. And remember to check the time.

call emergency
call emergency

Call Emergency; Heart attack and stroke are life-or-death, every second counts.

If you suspect, you or someone you are with has any of the symptoms of heart attack or stroke immediately call emergency so an ambulance can be sent.

Also note that when someone experience a stroke, if given a clot-busting drug within 3 to 4.5 hours of the start of symptoms, it may improve the chances of getting better faster.



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