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Heart Symptoms

A heart attack is a life-threatening condition that can cause permanent damage to your heart.  During a heart attack, when the blood flow supply gets disrupted, within minutes the part of the heart muscle begins to die. Therefore, the sooner you recognise the symptoms of a heart attack followed by an appropriate treatment procedure, the better chances of limiting the damage done to the heart.  However, symptoms of heart attack in men and women may not be so prominent as one assumes them to be. And, there are no generic warning signs or symptoms. These differ from person to person, and may not always be sudden or severe.

Common symptoms of heart attack are as following:

  • Breathlessness or short of breath
  • Nausea
  • Have a cold sweat
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Heart burn
  • Stomach ache
  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain originating from the chest and spreading to the arms and jaw/mouth
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Your legs, feet, and ankles may become swollen

 

 

According to research, there is a lot of patients who die of a heart attack as they take too long to call an ambulance. This is supported by the claim of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 200,000 deaths from heart disease especially, heart attacks are preventable. Even if you have risk factors for heart disease or have already had a heart attack, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your risk of having a heart attack in the future. Therefore, if the patient recognizes the symptoms of heart attack and acts upon it, even at the slightest of a hint, he can potentially save his life.

We should also shed some light on the risk factors that may lead to the above-mentioned symptoms:

There are many risk factors that contribute to having a heart attack, including:

  • Age
  • Heredity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking

Thus, if you aren’t feeling normal or are experiencing any of the symptoms above, head to your nearest doctor/cardiologist as soon as possible. It is better to take care of yourself and prevent damage to your heart, in the event you are having a heart attack.