Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack is vital for timely medical treatment. Often, heart attacks begin slowly, unlike what we are used to seeing in movies. We may not even know that the symptom we are experiencing may be really indicative of a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack manifest themselves differently in different people, and sometimes a person who has had a heart attack before May also show very different symptoms in subsequent attacks.
1. Chest Pain and Chest Tension:
The pain chest is one of the most commonly known symptoms of a heart attack, although sometimes one can show a complete absence of chest pain even when you are having a heart attack. This chest pain can be felt as pressure, fullness or tightness in the chest area and usually seems to originate in the center of the chest. The pain may last a few minutes or disappear and return. It can even radiate to the arms, head and neck.
2. Toothache and Jaw:
Although the pain of a heart attack usually radiates to the arms and back, some people experience a tooth or jaw pain as a symptom of a heart attack. It is entirely possible to have only a toothache or jaw without having chest pain during a heart attack.
3. Feel Out of Breath:
Shortness of breath or gasping for breath is another commonly reported symptom of a heart attack.
“Shortness of breath may or may not be accompanied by chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack”.
Nausea is a less common but possible symptom of a heart attack. It can be accompanied by belching and a feeling of indigestion. Women are more likely to have this symptom less typical of a heart attack.
Nausea that develops as a symptom of a heart attack can be severe enough to cause vomiting.
6. Gastric Discomfort:
Sometimes, a heart attack can manifest as pain in the upper abdomen. The pain seems to be more like discomfort or heaviness than an acute pain and may remain for a few minutes. This may or may not be accompanied by pain in the chest area.
7. Unusual Sweating:
A heart attack may be accompanied by unusual or sudden sweating. Some people even sweat coldly during a heart attack.
Sometimes, a heart attack can manifest as heartburn and discomfort in the upper middle area of the abdomen. It may or may not be accompanied by pain in the thoracic region.
9. Pain in the Arm:
Chest pain from a heart attack often radiates to one or both arms and shoulders. This pain sometimes radiates to the wrist and fingers. It is most commonly observed to occur on the left side of the body, but sometimes it can occur on the right side.
10. Pain in the Upper Back:
Having pain in the upper back area is a common symptom of a heart attack. This is the pain in the chest region that radiates to other parts of the body, especially the back. It is generally seen to occur between the shoulder blades.
11. Feeling Sick:
Sometimes, a heart attack is accompanied by a feeling of contracting a disease. This manifests as fatigue or even dizziness. Sometimes, a heart attack can also be masked by symptoms similar to those of an anxiety attack or a sense of fatality.
12. There are no Symptoms:
One in 4 cases of heart attack is silent and shows no pain in the chest or any other symptoms. These types of heart attacks are more common among diabetics. The thing to remember is that a heart attack can sometimes be accompanied by very vague and mild symptoms, and even when not accompanied by severe chest pain, it is equally serious and life-threatening. Patients often attribute the symptoms of heart attack they are experiencing to anxiety, stress or a gastric disorder.
Seeking medical help as soon as possible in case of a heart attack is extremely crucial and while early diagnosis and treatment can save lives, a delay in obtaining medical help can prove fatal.