Symptoms Of A Heart Attack
Symptoms of a heart attack often come on gradually but can be intermittent. Symptoms you should not ignore: jaw pain, neck pain, chest pain or pain in the stomach area. Especially be aware of any chest pain that radiates into the left arm, any feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest, shortness of breath, sweating, and an impending sense of doom.
Chest pain, discomfort or pressure is often an indicator of an acute heart attack. The discomfort (called angina) includes an uncomfortable pressure, a squeezing, a fullness or an upper body pain, which can spread to the shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. Do not ignore shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. This is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women.
Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms. A discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back lasting longer than 20 minutes. Sometimes a gall bladder attack is confused with
Heart Attack Symptoms
You can be feeling weak, light-headed, or faint. You can experience difficulty seeing in one or both eyes. A pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful when these symptoms occur and be aware of possible medical emergency.
Women Are Different
Women may experience the more general symptoms as early as 6 months before a heart attack occurs. They have unique risk factors for heart disease, including birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. Women are more likely to have a sudden, sharp-but-short-lived pain outside the breastbone during a heart attack. It is not known why but women can also experience additional symptoms when they have heart attacks. They are more likely than men to delay reporting symptoms of heart attacks which contributes to more serious outcomes for females. Watch this video on how to recognize women’s heart attack symptoms..
Risk factors which you can modify and improve your chances of survival include tobacco smoke, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes. Many diverse factors contribute to an increased risk including: being a male or a post-menopausal female, or having a strong family history of heart disease, high blood pressure/hypertension, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet.
What You Can Do
Heart disease is a common term for coronary artery disease (CAD). Coronary artery disease, also called ischemic ,heart disease, is caused by a hardening or thickening of the walls of the blood vessels that go to your heart. You can not smoke or use tobacco, start to exercise at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week (talk to your doctor first). Remember that ,symptoms of a heart attack differ in men and women. Be vigilante in recognizing the early signs of heart disease. Also be aware that early signs may never become visible. This should lead to a self made discipline where you will be able to get medical treatment as early as possible to increase your chances of surviving a heart attack.