5 common warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack

Heart disease statistics are frightening. According to the CDC, every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a heart attack. This amounts to 790,000 heart attacks per year.  

To scan for risks, get an early diagnosis and better understand how to reduce the threat of heart issues, visit a specialists at our urgent care center and walking clinic in Lake Worth.

In the meantime, read below for how to recognize a heart attack in progress. Many people do not realize what is happening to them and fail to call for help before it’s too late.

Being cognizant of these 5 signals of a heart attack may help save a life.

1. Chest pain or discomfort

This is the classic symptom of a heart attack, usually accompanied by sudden, sharp and severe pain at the start. Most cases include pain or discomfort in the center of the chest which can either last continuously for more than a few minutes, or disappear and then resume.

Survivors of heart attacks describe sensations such as an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, tightness or tingling.  

2. Pain or discomfort in the arms and shoulders

Gender impacts how a heart attack can be felt. While men usually experience a radiating pain exclusively in their left arms, women can experience the pain in either arm, or in both arms.

3. Shortness of breath

Often accompanied by chest pressure, shortness of breath occurs mostly for women, and may even be experienced a week or longer before the full myocardial infarction results.

The inability to take a deep breath or fully exhale is often overlooked or misinterpreted as a lung problem. Such challenges may appear again in the midst of a heart attack, with or without chest discomfort.

4. Neck, jaw or back pain

A heart attack is sometimes accompanied by pain radiating from the sufferer’s chest up through the left side of the neck or jaw, which is described as jaw tightness or a jaw ache. Back pain during a heart attack, which may occur with or without chest pain, strikes in the mid or lower back, and is almost exclusively felt by women

5. Fatigue, nausea and feeling light-headed

Fatigue, like shortness of breath, is often overlooked as a heart attack warning sign as it might appear days, week, or even months prior to the infarction. The reduced energy is often not distinct enough to associate with heart disease.

Lack of oxygen delivering sufficient blood to the brain can create the secondary symptom of dizziness and being light-headed, and should not be dismissed.  Women are especially likely to experience nausea or vomiting as a common symptom of a heart attack.

Prevention is always better than cure!

Prevention is so much easier than treatment! Come to our urgent care clinic in Lake Worth and speak with our doctor to assess your condition. The absolute best thing you can do for your heart (and your overall health!) is to see your doctor regularly. We encourage you to visit our Lake Worth clinic and talk to our doctor about your lifestyle and how modern medicine can help you live a longer and healthier life.

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