Learning about heart attack symtoms could save your life

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There are a number of heart attack symptoms that everybody should be familiar with. However, it should also be noted that some people experience different heart attack symtoms, or even none at all, the so-called “silent heart attack”.

Some of the problems associated with identifying what exactly is happening is that there are many variations in the symptoms, ranging from nothing to a fierce crushing pain in the chest.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but generally most heart attacks start with a mild pain or discomfort. It may seem surprising, but often people suffering from a heart attack aren't able to identify the symptoms and are not sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.

Some of the most common heart attack symtoms include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain may be mild to intense. It may feel like pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. It may be located in the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the arms or shoulders.
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness
  • Fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
  • Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin.
  • Paleness or pallor.
  • Increased or irregular heart rate.
  • Feeling of impending doom.
  • Even if the symptoms of a heart attack may not be unbearably painful at first, it is vitally important to seek medical assistance without delay. After a short time the heart will suffer irreversible damage.

    If assistance is received during the first hour of identifying heart attack symptoms, the chances of recovery are greatly improved. Never be afraid of the embarrassment of going to the emergency room and finding that nothing is wrong. It is important that you know the symptoms that may indicate that a heart attack is taking place, however, when in doubt seek medical assistance without delay.

    Women may experience symptoms different from those mentioned above, such as pain between the shoulder blades rather than crushing chest pain. We repeat: get medical help immediately If you experience any of the symptoms above for two minutes or more.

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