Identifying the Symptoms of a Heart Attack

If your body was warning you about an impending heart attack, would you recognize the symptoms?

Most people assume that if they have a heart attack, your left arm will feel funny and you will have intense chest pains. Many heart attacks will give you discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or consistently comes back. It can range from uncomfortable pressure, to a squeezing sensation, or a stabbing pain. Unfortunately it is not always easy to detect. Generic warning signs for a heart attack include:

  • Pain Radiating to the neck, shoulder, back, arm, or jaw.
  • Pounding heart, change in rhythm.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.
  • Cold sweats or clammy skin.
  • Dizziness.

71 percent of women experience early warning signs of heart attack with no chest pains but rather the sudden onset of extreme weakness that feels like the flu. Nearly two-thirds of the deaths from heart attacks in women occur among those who have no history of chest pain. There are some signs that are particularly common in women having heart attacks:

  • Sudden onset of weakness, shortness of breath, nausea/ vomiting, indigestion, fatigue, body aches, or overall feeling of illness (without chest pain)
  • Unusual feeling or mild discomfort in the back, chest, arm, neck, or jaw (without chest pain)
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Anxiety
  • If you are feeling any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

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