Look Out for These Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is disrupted. Without blood, the heart is deprived of oxygen and nutrients and ceases to properly function. Heart attacks may be sudden and intense but can also be a slow process with minimal pain. It is important to know the symptoms and warning signs of a heart attack and to act quickly to save a life.
- Chest pain or discomfort Most heart attacks present with pain or discomfort in the chest including fullness, pressure, squeezing, or pain. The feeling may come and go.
- Upper body discomfort Pain may also occur in the arms, stomach, neck, jaw, or back.
- Shortness of breath Shortness of breath may occur with or without pain.
- Other symptoms Other symptoms may include a cold sweat, light-headedness, and nausea.
It is important to remember that individuals may experience a heart attack differently. Women are more likely to experience symptoms like nausea or pain in other areas besides the chest than men.
If experiencing any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Paramedics will give aid and transportation to the hospital faster than driving to the hospital independently. Saving those minutes may save your life.
Anyone with cardiovascular concerns should make an appointment at Carolina Heart & Leg Center, P.A. Call us today at (910) 491-1760 to schedule a consultation. Your doctor will evaluate your heart health and discuss the risks and symptoms of a heart attack.
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