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Are you having a heart attack – Signs and Symptoms

Posted on | May 22, 2012 | No Comments

The "ABC" to reduce the risk of a heart attack

Very sadly, I personally know two people that have dropped dead from a heart attack in the last week.   No chance for good-byes …… just gone …… in the age group of late 50’s to 60’s – and to be truthful, that really scares me (and hopefully scares you too)

Heart Disease is a LIFESTYLE DISEASE.  You CAN reduce the likelihood of having heart disease, a heart attack or stroke by exercising regularly, not being overweight, controlling your diet, reduce your fat and salt intake and don’t smoke.  You should also have regular doctor check-ups to test your blood pressure and cholesterol levels (which can all be controlled adequately by all of the above).

If you do all of that, you really do reduce your risks.  But of course, there are never any guarantees.

Therefore, it’s really important to know the typical signs and symptoms of a heart attack.  At the first sign, see your doctor / clinic / hospital immediately:

Typical heart attack symptoms

Symptom Description
Chest discomfort or pain This discomfort or pain can feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in the center of your chest lasting more than a few minutes. This discomfort may come and go.
Upper body pain Pain or discomfort may spread beyond your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may have upper body pain with no chest discomfort.
Stomach pain Pain may extend downward into your abdominal area and may feel like heartburn.
Shortness of breath You may pant for breath or try to take in deep breaths. This often occurs before you develop chest discomfort or you may not experience any chest discomfort.
Anxiety You may feel a sense of doom or feel as if you’re having a panic attack for no apparent reason.
Lightheadedness In addition to chest pressure, you may feel dizzy or feel like you might pass out.
Sweating You may suddenly break into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.
Nausea and vomiting You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.

Most heart attacks begin with subtle symptoms — with only discomfort that often is not described as pain. The chest discomfort may come and go. Don’t be tempted to downplay your symptoms or brush them off as indigestion, anxiety or simply just ‘growing older’.  Go and see a health professional immediately.

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