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Heart Attack Symptoms: Do You Know What They Are? Would You Know What To Do? Are You Prepared?

By Boni Ebron for exercise-and-health.com

It is important that you become familiar with heart attack symptoms that may indicate that a heart attack is in progress. To most people, it is common to ignore the warning signs due to lack of knowledge of what is going on, simply because they are not familiar with heart attack symptoms. The common tendency is to ignore the warning signs because the pain is not unbearable enough that one might think it will go away soon.

Calling for help immediately is your best action when you feel you are having a heart attack. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency medical system and go to the hospital immediately. Don’t delay. The first hour of a heart attack is the most critical, this is known as the “golden hour”. A heart attack is one instance where getting treatment promptly can mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some Heart Attack Symptoms:

Some signs are intense or mild pain. Shortness of breath may occur with or without chest discomfort. One might feel nauseous and light-headed, cold sweat or discomfort in one or both arms, back or neck. Chest discomfort is common and it starts from the centre of the chest. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure.

Dizziness can be an early symptom of a heart attack. Cardiac chest pain is often vague, or dull, and may be described as a pressure or band-like sensation, squeezing, heaviness, or other discomfort. A heart attack often starts with mild symptoms that may not be painful. Many victims experience a tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest. Then the pain spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms.

Heart attacks can occur without any warning symptoms. These are called silent heart attacks. Some heart attacks may be associated with “atypical’ symptoms, symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, or sudden light-headedness and sweating. These are more common in women, diabetics, and people older than 65.

In some cases, a heart attack may cause a sensation that feels like indigestion: you get a sick, aching feeling high in the middle of your abdomen. It can cause a feeling of great weakness, or a sense that you are about to faint. (Many of the people who had heart attacks thought that they had intestinal problem instead of associating it with a heart attack.)

If you ever experience any of the above Heart Attack Symptoms, get emergency medical help immediately. Don’t delay – It can mean life or death – yours!



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