Common Signs People Miss During a Heart Attack

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Dr Ashish Agarwal   |   30 Nov 2020   |   Heartcare

Common Signs People Miss During a Heart Attack

According to the American Heart Association, 2 million people in this country die every year from Cardio Vascular Disease. This number is only understood if you put it into perspective. Of all the people who die every year, from trauma, old age, illness, cancer and so on, half of these people die from heart disease. This is a huge number. Keep in mind that this is only in the United States.

A lot of people know about heart attacks and are aware of their devastating effects. Most people think it will never happen to them. This is the first danger sign. Denial will prevent you from getting treatment in a timely manner or in some cases getting treatment at all. Many people think that they are generally healthy and exercise on occasion. Surely this is enough to protect you from having a heart attack. To the contrary, risk factors go far beyond exercise and general heath.

Some women assume that they are less likely to experience a heart attack. This too is not true. Women account for nearly 50% of all heart attacks. Additionally, some feel that because they are less than 50 years of age that there is no rick of a heart attack. Again this is a false assumption. The risk factors include age, family history, high blood pressure, smoking, stress, cholesterol, obesity, and sedentary life style. These are the obvious things to look at. Who in this country does not experience stress, or skip the workout during busy times? Who doesn't eat at the occasional fast food restaurant?

Classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack are very distinct. Classic signs typically start with chest pain or a pressure type sensation. Commonly this pain radiates down the left arm or up into the left jaw. Some people become sweaty and light headed. There are those that describe some difficulty breathing. Some go on to experience nausea. All of these are "classic" signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Now that we have identified the "classic" signs, keep in mind that many people don't have all of these signs during the event. The point is this, if you have any of these signs or symptoms, treat it seriously. Any time your body has pain, the body is trying to tell you something. The trick is to figure out when it is something serious and when it is something benign.

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