Early signs of heart attacks
Medihope Super Speciality Hospital
Malleshpalya, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
A heart attack is one of the most common causes of mortality among both men and women. According to current estimates, India is likely to have the highest number of heart disease cases in the world.
A heart attack or myocardial infarction is a serious medical condition in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.
Not all heart attacks carry visible signs and are usually sudden. However, it is important for all to be familiar with some possible warning signs of a heart attack.
- CHEST PAIN
The hallmark symptom of a heart attack, a chest pain is characterized by a sense of tightness, squeezing, pressure, or fullness in the center of the chest. This pain lasts for longer than few minutes. Women are more likely to experience a heart attack accompanied by other symptoms than a chest pain.
- JAW PAIN & TOOTHACHE
The pain experienced during a heart attack can spread to the arms, teeth, jaw, head, back or neck. Most throat or jaw pain could be a muscular issue and not essentially the symptom of a heart attack.
- NAUSEA & VOMITING
Another possible symptom of a heart attack could be nausea, accompanied by belching or burping. If nausea gets worse, it can lead to vomiting.
- HEARTBURN OR INDIGESTION
Often a heart attack could be dismissed as a feeling of indigestion or a pain similar to a heartburn. This happens as the pain and pressure of a heart attack may occur in the epigastric or upper middle abdominal area, making it appear like a heartburn. This is more common in women than men.
- TROUBLED BREATHING
Another common symptom of heart attack is a feeling of shortness of breath or a troubled breathing, known as dyspnea. You may also feel like you are fainting or a sense of dizziness.
- SWEATING & FATIGUE
Sweating, perspiration or breaking into a cold sweat for no apparent reason could be symptoms of a heart attack. Extreme exhaustion or unexplained fatigue experienced doing everyday things, especially in women, could signal the onset of a heart attack.
It is important to note that men and women may experience different symptoms of a heart attack. Women are more likely to report the less common symptoms that are often dismissed as minor health issues. Diabetics are also likely to experience atypical symptoms.
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms or find yourself with any of the above-mentioned signs, it is advisable to immediately consult a doctor rather than shrugging them off as common health problems.