5 Warning Signs of Heart Attack
Did you know one can have heart attack without feeling any chest pains? Heart disease and heart failure do not show the same signs for everyone. Heart attack, medically known as myocardial infarction, happens when the blood clots and blocks the normal flow of the blood to the heart.
To recognize potential heart attack, be aware of these signs and symptoms of heart distress.
Sweating, especially when you’re not exercising, could mean that there’s a problem with your heart functions. Pumping blood in clogged arteries requires more effort from the heart, therefore producing more sweat to keep your body temperature down. If you experience clammy skin or cold sweat, see your doctor right away.
- Unusual Fatigue and Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath and feeling of exhaustion are your body’s ways of telling you that it needs some rest, but it can also be a symptom of heart problems as a response to extra work your heart makes. If you often feel tired, even if you’re doing nothing too strenuous, it could be a sign of serious heart issue.
- Neck, Jaw and Back Pain
When there’s problem in the heart, nerves in certain areas in the body are triggered. Pain in the neck, jaw and back may signal a serious heart condition, especially if the origin of the pain is unrecognizable. Also, if the pain worsens when you exert effort, and then stops when you relax, you should have it checked right away.
- Nausea and Vomiting
Oftentimes, people experience indigestion and other gastrointestinal complications before a heart attack. However, since heart attacks usually happen on older people who typically experience indigestion problems, these signs and symptoms can be easily get dismissed as food-related complication. If you often experience heart burn, iron stomach or indigestion, it could be signalling that there’s an internal problem going on.
- Chest Pressure and Pain
Chest pains do not happen in every heart attack, but they are the most recognizable symptom for obvious reason. Tightness in the chest is a common sign of heart attack. Patients describe the sensation as feeling like there’s an elephant sitting on their chest. In case you feel chest tightness or pain, call your doctor immediately.
When to Call For an Emergency
Get help as soon as you feel chest pain along with any of these symptoms, especially if the discomfort lasts for more than five minutes:
- Light-headedness, extreme weakness or anxiety
- Irregular or rapid heart beats
- Cold sweat
- Pain in upper areas of the body, such as the arms, neck, jaw, stomach and left shoulder
- Nausea and/or vomiting
Heart attack is a serious health condition, but it’s possible to avoid the attack and get better by knowing the signs and symptoms. If you experience any of these signs, it’s always safer to call your healthcare provider right away.