Unlike on TV many heart attacks start slowly, so it is important to know what the symptoms of a heart attack are in order to get prompt medical treatment.
Heart attack symptoms vary among individuals, whether men or women and even a person who has had a previous heart attack may have different symptoms in a subsequent heart attack. Heart attack victims may experience a diversity of symptoms that include:
- Chest discomfort, manifest as pain, fullness, and/or squeezing sensation of the chest, but some women may experience it differently than men. It may feel like a squeezing or fullness, and the pain can be anywhere in the chest, not just on the left side.
- Jaw pain, toothache, headache, This type of pain is more common in women than in men. It may confuse women who expect their pain to be focused on their chest and left arm, not their back or jaw. The pain can be gradual or sudden, and it may wax and wane before becoming intense.
- Shortness of breath, If you’re having trouble breathing for no apparent reason, you could be having a heart attack, especially if you’re also having one or more other symptoms.
- Stomach pain. Sometimes people mistake stomach pain that signals a heart attack with heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer.
- Sweating, breaking out in a nervous, cold sweat is common among women who are having a heart attack. It will feel more like stress-related sweating than perspiration from exercising or spending time outside in the heat.
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
- Arm pain (more commonly the left arm, but may be either arm)
- Upper back pain
- General malaise (vague feeling of illness); and
- #1 symptom of a heart attack is Sudden Death, no symptoms (approximately one quarter of all heart attacks are silent, without chest pain or new symptoms).
Since the most common symptom of a heart attack is sudden death, rather than wait till it’s too late, it is obviously best to avoid having a heart attack by:
- avoiding bedtime snacks
- unhealthily fats
- fried foods
- processed foods
- maintaining healthy weight
- taking nutritional supplements
You can also check out a post on the benefits of L-Arginine and how it’s conversion to nitric oxide can prevent and even reverse heart disease and strokes according to Nobel Prize winner and Author of No More Heart Disease: Dr. Louis J Ignarro.
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This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.