5 Signs Of A Heart Attack
It is very important to recognize the 5 signs of a heart attack. Some heart attacks happen without warning, but most are gradual, starting off with a feeling in the chest comparable to a bad case of heartburn.
- Chest discomfort: One of the most common signs of a heart attack is pain in the center of the chest that may last a few minutes or goes away then returns. The sensation in your chest might feel like a squeezing sensation, pressure or fullness. Any discomfort in your chest shouldn’t be ignored.
- Upper body discomfort: Sometimes the pain isn’t centrally located in the chest. You may also feel a radiating sensation traveling up and down your left arm or a twinge in your neck. Other areas of the body that can be affected include the jaw, back and stomach.
- Shortness of breath: This sign of a heart attack can come before the pain even starts. If you haven’t been physically active and you're having a hard time catching your breath, especially accompanied with lightheadedness, cold sweats or excessive sweating, call 9-1-1.
- Additional signs: A few less obvious signs that can indicate a possible heart attack are nausea and vomiting, extreme fatigue and unusual paleness to the skin. If you’re having any of these symptoms along with the three mentioned above, it’s very possible you are in the midst of a heart attack and should seek medical help.
- Full cardiac arrest: It is also important to educate yourself on the signs of full cardiac arrest. Being aware of these symptoms may save a life one day. Cyanosis, a blue or purple tinge to the skin that indicates a lack of oxygen, is a major sign of cardiac arrest as is dilated pupils, loss of consciousness and lack of pulse.
Posted on: Apr. 17, 2010