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Identify 7 Commonly Mistaken Symptoms Of Heart Attack: Because Timely Action Can Save A Life

Identify 7 Commonly Mistaken Symptoms Of Heart Attack: Because Timely Action Can Save A Life

Anyone can experience a heart attack, irrespective of your lifestyle, diet or gender. However, not everyone is aware of the symptoms of this life-threatening condition.

Our body is not affected by any illness immediately. There are always warning signs and symptoms that are clear indicators of what your body is going through. Hear attack, which can often be fatal, too, produces similar warning signals that are often ignored by people. According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks can be fatal and is experienced every 43 seconds. Moreover, cardiovascular diseases are the number one threat that women face, causing one death every 80 seconds.

It is undeniably important to be cautious of the symptoms and signs that lead to a heart attack, especially since there's very little time in which you can act once it escalates, and it definitely helps to be aware of the symptoms so you can take timely action to safeguard your heart and health.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, the main cause of heart attacks is the blockage of blood flow into your heart. Fat, cholesterol or other unhealthy substances in the arteries are a major reason for the block. When the flow of blood is blocked and the heart muscles experience damage due to the restricted blood flow it might trigger a heart attack.  

According to Medical News Today, women are less likely to survive their first heart attack compared to men. It also stated that 80 percent of women experienced at least one early warning sign before the heart attack. So here are a few warning signals that will help you figure out if there is something wrong with your heart. 

1. Pain the back, jaw, and neck

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Our intricate body system is wired in such a way that anything that leads to a drastic change triggers the nerves. Pain in the back, jaw, and neck are warning signals for a heart issue. According to Cleveland Clinic, if the pain experienced is difficult to pinpoint, it is important to pay additional attention to it. It is recommended to watch out for pain in your upper or lower back and on either of your arms. It is also important to note that the pain often occurs suddenly without any physical exertion and can even disturb your sleep cycle.

2. Dizziness

If you notice you're feeling unusually dizzy or light-headed, make sure you get yourself to a doctor immediately. Heart failure can result in a woozy head. It is not necessary for the person to become unconscious immediately due to a heart attack. However, dizziness can be caused due to a couple of other issues such as low blood pressure or an inner ear problem. But it's better to report the symptom to your doctor to be on the safer side.

3. Pressure on chest 

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One of the most common symptoms of heart attack, chest pain is observed in men and women alike. A combination of tightness, pressure, and pain in the chest can be experienced in the chest as a warning signal.  The feeling of having a massive weight weighing down on your chest can cause an excruciating pain that may stay for a couple of minutes, and not something that should be taken lightly.  It is also possible for the pain to reoccur more than once. However, not everyone has a chest pain before a heart attack.

4. Extreme fatigue

 It is normal for women these days to feel tired. With busy work schedules and household chores, it is very common for women to experience fatigue. But if a sudden feeling of tiredness occurs in spite of not doing anything different from your normal schedule then it should not be dismissed. It is observed that fatigue is observed just before a heart attack. It is important to note that even simple daily activities can cause a feeling of exhaustion. 

5. Shortness of breath

According to the National Institute of Health, some people only experience shortness of breath as the only symptom. It is observed that this symptom may occur suddenly regardless of whether you are moving or resting. It may start before or during intense chest pain or discomfort. In case of such a problem, don't wait to call  911.

6. Cold sweat

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It is one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack.  It is advisable to pay attention if your body breaks into cold sweat without any physical exertion. You may also tend to feel as if you are sweating due to stress or suddenly feel cold without any special reasons. These signs should not be ignored and should be dealt with immediately.

7. Digestive issues

It is found that some women experience pressure and pain in their stomach before a heart attack. Certain cases of digestion problems may be a warning sign of heart attacks. Indigestion, vomiting or a feeling of nausea can be symptoms of a heart attack. You may also find the urge to go to the bathroom given the sudden disruption in your digestive system, and some tend to excrete without a warning as the body often has very little time to prepare for it.

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-attack/symptoms-causes/syc-20373106

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-attack

https://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-attack/know-symptoms

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/women-dont-ignore-3-subtle-heart-attack-symptoms/

http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_483545.pdf

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321528.php

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/heart-disease/art-20046167

https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/heart-health/the-four-heart-problem-symptoms-you-shouldnt-ignore/

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.