Many of us believe that the most common symptoms of a Heart Attack are chest pain, sweating and breathlessness, however there is more to recognize an attack long before it sets in. In this gripping article we bring to you some very important warning signs of a Heart Attack. Heart Attack or myocardial infarction, is the number one killer of both men and women in India with approximately 30 million people suffering form the disease and approximately 2 Lac surgeries being performed every year. In U.S. each year, a staggering 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.
In a stressful world of today no one is immune to heart attacks – even people in their 20s and 30s. Awareness of the disease and its early symptoms, specially for people with poor lifestyles and high stress jobs is an absolute must. People with poor awareness find trouble recognizing the symptoms and around 25% of patients turn up worried that they have a heart attack.
The classic symptoms of heart attack include:
- Feeling of extreme pressure on the chest and chest pain, including a squeezing or full sensation.
- Extreme Pain in one or both arms, jaw, back, toothache stomach, or neckache.
- Shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and a feeling of breaking out in a cold sweat.
Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience heart attack that does not occur in this typical fashion. Instead, some women with heart attacks may experience more of the other symptoms, like :
- Extreme Fatigue
- Pressure in upper back
For the busy executives and people who normally live unhealthy lifestyle it is highly suggested that if you’re in doubt, get checked out immediately. Even if you’re not sure if something is really wrong, you should immediately seek medical advice, if you experience heart attack symptoms. Prompt administration of drugs can help restore circulation to the heart and increase your chances of survival.
What Heart Attack Patients say after their attack
- I felt a burning sensation in my left breast which was my symptom of heart attack. ( A female Patient)
- At 5:00 pm one Sunday afternoon I began experiencing a pain in the middle of my chest. I’ve had heartburn before and I usually take Zantac for it when I have a flare up. I had just finished a leftover ham sandwich so I was attributing the heartburn (or so I thought) to that. After taking the Zantac and getting no results, I began to get nauseated, sweating and my skin became cold and clammy. I began to sense I may be in trouble and sought help. I made it to the hospital at 6:00 pm and went into cardiac arrest at 6:08 pm .
- Lee always walked the three-quarters of a mile to his job as an attorney at a state agency in Boston. One spring morning, he felt a bit out of breath and thought he must be coming down with a cold.Later that night, he felt more winded than usual climbing the three flights of stairs to his apartment. That seemed strange, but since the 39-year-old had a clean physical exam the week before, he shrugged it off. After dinner, though, he sat on the couch to watch TV and send emails. That’s when the chest pain began, along with the feeling he was going to throw up.
“I knew something was very wrong,” Lee says. The chest pain prompted him to Google symptoms of a heart attack.