Dr Nima Rudd Heart Specialist In Boronia
Most common symptoms of heart attack
Chest discomfort or chest pressure which can feel like a very severe pain in the chest Or just an uncomfortable feeling of pressure , heaviness, squeezing in your chest which can spread to your arms, back , neck or even your jaws . Sometimes you might only feel the discomfort in your arms, jaws, neck or even in your stomach ( top part of your abdomen)
It can be associated with feelings of anxiety , dizziness, lightheaded ness and fainting ( these could be your only sign of heart attack with no chest pain specially if you have been diabetic or on strong pain killers)
It can also be associated with shortness of breath ( dyspnea) and difficult breathing ( these could be your only sign of heart attack with no chest pain specially if you have been diabetic or on strong pain killers)
It can also be associated with sweating and diaphoresis
- Always call 000 immediately if you suspect someone having a heart attack.
A heart attack occurs when a heart artery gets blocked.
- The most common sign of a heart attack is chest discomfort or pain, which can spread to your arms, neck, jaw or back.
- Chest discomfort or pain can last for several minutes or come and go.
- A heart attack requires emergency treatment to restore blood flow to your heart.
How do you know if you’re having a heart attack?
Heart attack symptoms can be very confusing for many patients and some times be mistaken by patients for indigestion , reflux or just feeling sick .it presents differently in different people.
You may have just one, or a combination of the above symptoms.
The most typical feeling would be a heaviness or tightness across the chest. Often people describe it as an elephant sitting on their chest. This may be accompanied by sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or even loss of consciousness.
Sometimes you may have no ‘warning signs’ at all.
If you have diabetes, you may even have a “silent” heart attack.
The only way to know what you’re experiencing is to seek urgent help from health professionals . Do not ignore the warning symptoms of a heart attack. Time is muscle ( the majority of the heart damage occurs in the early hours of heart attack in heart attack survivors) .
Unfortunately a large number of patients experiencing heart attack don’t make it to hospital as they delay seeking help .