One of the major causes of heart attacks is heart disease of the coronary arteries, which is a condition when these arteries are clogged. This clogging prevents them to perform the major function of blood and oxygen supply to heart. In the paucity of blood and oxygen, heart function is critically impaired, leading to heart attack. Many people ignore the general heart attack symptoms.
This can be avoided if one receives medical care immediately. It is difficult to assess the symptoms of heart attack as sometimes little pain also leads to the heart injury. Doctors always advise us not to ignore the warnings or wait for the pain to go away. Postponing the medical treatment for some diseases may not be harmful, but severe heart problems can lead to sudden death. So, it is necessary to get it checked.
Heart attack symptoms vary from person to person. For example, some may have mild chest pain while others may have violent pain. The cause for a heart attack is unpredictable. It may occur while you are resting, sleeping, active in cold weather, increase in physical activities, or physical or emotional stress due to illness. Some of the following symptoms of heart attack should not ignored.
Chest Pain. It is considered to be one of the main symptoms of heart attack. This pain can occur at any time during the day. When a person experiences this pain, he should maintain his calm. It is observed that not all chest pains cause heart attacks and can originate from any disease that is related to heart. So, it is highly advisable to consult a doctor and get a suitable diagnosis and treatment when this pain subsides.
Dizziness. Loss of consciousness, weakness, fatigue, anxiety, and lightheadedness can lead to abnormal heart beats, called arrhythmia, which can prove to be dangerous.
Loss of appetite and nausea. Having a feeling of nausea is a very common problem when a person is suffering from a heart attack. Even the swelling in abdomen can hamper the appetite when it is related to heart problem.
Shortness of breath. Pulmonary circumstances, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma might make people feel short of breath even with little exertion. However, breathlessness could also be a sign of heart attack or failure.
Pain in different parts of body. Pain radiates from the chest and spreads to other parts of body, such as arms, shoulders, elbow, jaw, neck, back, or even abdomen. This pain come and goes. Men feel more pain in the left arm and on the other hand, in women, pain is felt between the blades of the shoulder and both arms.
Irregular heartbeat. When you feel that the heartbeat is rapid or irregular, you should not ignore it and get it evaluated. Sometimes fast heartbeat is misinterpreted as an anxiety attack.
Heartburn. Sometimes pain may go down into the abdominal area and you have the feeling of heartburn. This heartburn should not be ignored.
Therefore, it is advisable that you should not ignore the signs that your body is pointing towards. The above described symptoms of heart attack should be taken seriously. A prompt action on these symptoms can save one’s life.
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