When a person has a “heart attack” it is also known as a “myocardial infarction. What this means is that something has occurred to block the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. This can cause permanent damage to the heart and possibly even death.
Over the recent years, deaths due to heart attacks have decreased largely due to faster recognition of the symptoms and prompt treatment. In order to avoid serious complications, it is very important to know what the symptoms are and call your doctor or go to your nearest emergency room if you suspect a heart attack.
4 warning signs that Happen Before a Heart Attack
1. Chest Pain and Tightness
Chest pain with a sudden onset that is severe and makes you need to stop whatever you are doing could be a possible heart attack. Some people describe the feeling of a heart attack as; an elephant on the chest, full feeling, squeezing pressure, aching or pain/pressure in the middle of the chest. If you experience these sensations try to rest and if it does not go away or comes and goes you may be having a heart attack.
When you sweat normal amounts during exercise or on hot days, this is a natural body reaction to keep you cool. If you break out in “cold sweats” during rest or when it is cool and your skin turns clammy, this may be a sign of artery blockage and you should see a doctor. On the same note, if you have “night sweats” you could have heart trouble.
3. Indigestion, Nausea and Vomiting
Prior to a heart attack, some people may experience stomach upset or indigestion. If you are older and already have problems with digestion, it could be very easy to mistake a heart attack for normal indigestion. In those who do not suffer from digestive issues, a sudden onset of heartburn or indigestion could be the first sign of a heart attack.
4. Pain in Other Parts of the Body
This symptom, also known as “referred pain,” could be a sign of an impending heart attack. Heart attack pain can travel to different areas including; the left arm, shoulder, throat, jaw, teeth back and abdomen. If you have any of the above symptoms with referred pain, you need to get emergency medical help right away.
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