Heart attack – Know the warning signs


Curated from http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/12-possible-heart-symptoms-never-to-ignore?page=2

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/heartattack/signs.html

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp

Cardiac disease has today become the number one killer on earth, causing 17.1 million deaths a year. And a large part of the population are either unaware of recognizing the signs of a heart attack or may confuse them to be signs of a mild discomfort in the chest pain or heartburn. With the number of cardiac events increasing every year, it is important that you know the signs of a heart attack because the first step of treating a cardiac complication is to identify it. Continue reading to know some of the most common signs and symptoms that you may ignore, but may be a signal of heart trouble.

Chest discomfort
The most common sign of a heart attack is a pain or a feeling of discomfort caused in the chest. Most heart attacks involve a pain in the centre or the left side of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes. The discomfort may feel like an uncomfortable pressure or a feeling of squeezing or fullness. A chest pain is always a sign that you should see a doctor immediately.

Anxiety
Heart attacks can often cause intense anxiety in the patients. A lot of heart attack survivors speak of having experienced an ‘impending doom’.

Dizziness
Heart attacks tend to cause a loss of consciousness and lightheadedness in patients.

Fatigue
Unusual fatigue can occur during a heart attack and also in the days or weeks leading up to a heart attack, especially among women. Fatigue or a feeling of being tired all the time can be caused due to other reasons as well, but it is wise and safe to consult a doctor.

Weakness
Severe weakness is expressed by patients during a heart attack and also during the days leading up to a heart attack.

Sweating
Breaking out in a cold sweat, even when you are just sitting on a chair, not engaged in any sort of exertion is a common sign of a heart attack.

Nausea and loss of appetite
During a heart attack, it is common for people to feel sick and experience nausea or an abdominal swelling.

Upper body discomfort
Another common sign of a heart attack is discomfort or pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or upper part of the stomach.

Irregular pulse
An irregular or rapid pulse can often be a sign of a heart attack or a cardiac event, especially when it is accompanied by weakness, dizziness or shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath
Finding it difficult to breathe when you are at rest or after minimal exertion can be a sign of a pulmonary disorder like asthma. But breathlessness is also a sign of a heart attack, which is why you should get yourself checked immediately.

Cough
Persistent coughing is another sign of a cardiac event and is caused because of the fluid accumulation in the lungs.

Swelling
A heart condition can sometimes cause fluids to accumulate in the body causing swelling.

All of these 12 symptoms send out just one message. Visit a hospital immediately. Do not hesitate in case you feel it may not be a heart attack. In case you experience any of these symptoms, you can also call 126 126, Asian Heart Institute’s 24×7 heart helpline number.

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