Heart Attack Symptoms, the Key to Save your Life

Heart attack symptoms are a terrifying experience. About two-thirds of victims do not have sudden heart pain and keel over with an attack. Many have symptoms for weeks before actually having a heart attack.

Some choose to ignore the warning signs of a coming heart attack. They are fearful of what they will have to go through if they have a heart problem. It may seem easier to be in denial about a possible heart problem and think it will go away.

This thinking is self-defeating and unreasonable. Let's consider this, it is easier and less painful to have your heart fixed before you have a heart attack than to ignore the signs and have a heart attack. The heart attack will be more terrifying than getting the problem fixed. Having a heart attack will probably cause damage to your heart, not to mention that a heart attack may end your life!

If you have warning symptoms of heart attack, you should go to your primary health provider who will do medical tests to see if you are at risk for heart attack. Your medical provider will do an EKG test and take a blood sample to test for increased enzymes. If you are a candidate for heart attack, he will refer you to a cardiologist, or tell you to go directly to the hospital and meet the cardiologist there. He may tell you of an explanation for your discomfort that is not heart related, then you can stop the worrying and guessing.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack

  • You may experience unnatural tiredness and the inability to do the things you normally do.
  • You may have pain in your chest or upper body, such as jaw, neck, or left arm or shoulder that goes away and comes back, especially if you are relaxed when the pain is felt.
  • You may feel pressure or fullness in the chest area.
  • You may have trouble swallowing or choking too often or have strange feelings in your neck like something is caught in your throat.
  • You may experience heart palpitations, or feelings of uneven heartbeat that is different from palpitations. Your heart may feel like something is pulling on it and your heart is fighting to get away, the heart is not really beating, but is struggling.
  • You may have an unexplainable feeling of doom. You may experience depression or have panic attacks.
  • If you have a diagonal crease in your earlobes, this is an indication of heart disease that could result in a heart attack.
  • If you have tightness and intense pain that goes across your upper back from shoulder to shoulder, across your shoulder blades this could be a symptom.
  • If you experience dizziness or faintness when you exercise, this is a signal that your heart may not be keeping up with the demand of exercising.
  • You may break out in a cold sweat and feel nauseous.

You may have bouts with the symptoms shown above for months or weeks before a heart attack occurs. A simple call to your healthcare provider could prevent a heart attack.

The heart attack symptoms may be acute or sudden, or both. In that case, you should call 911, or activate emergency rescue. Every second counts when you are experiencing a heart attack. The trained personnel in the emergency squad are equipped to start treatment immediately upon their arrival, saving precious time.

Heart Attack Symptoms differ by Gender

Women tend to have less recognizable or severe heart attack symptoms than men do. A woman may dismiss heart attack warnings as digestive problems or a pulled muscle. Women tend to feel ill, as with influenza, nausea and weakness, even fainting. They may feel the pain across their upper back instead of in the chest area. Many women do not feel like they are having a heart attack and will ignore the symptoms altogether.

There is Help and Hope for Heart Attack Patients

Modern science has come a long way in the treatment of heart attack. Instead of open-heart surgery, you may have your heart fixed by coronary angioplasty, an interesting experience, much better than open-heart surgery. There are cutting edge medicines that can be used to aid recovery and maintain health after a heart attack. Also, your cardiologist may prescribe cardio rehab, a program where you will be instructed about your heart, exercise, nutrition, how to relax and more. Your exercise is monitored so you are in a safe environment.

There is life after a heart attack and lifestyle habits are changed for health. You may have had a sedentary lifestyle and you will now find out the benefits of exercising. Heart attack symptoms are the key to life when they are heeded and help is obtained. Paying attention to heart attack symptoms and responding to them is a smart thing to do. It is smart for you, and your loved ones!

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