Heart attack is a scary and dangerous event that you don't want to happen to anybody in your family. Knowing the signs could save someone's life by bringing the patient immediately to the hospital. It starts slowly and involves mild pain and discomfort that sometimes comes and goes. It feels different for everyone.

The symptoms of heart attack depend on the type and severity of the heart condition. It is vital that you know the signs to get you ready when emergency calls it.

Specific signs and symptoms of heart attack:

  • Discomfort of the chest: heart attack involves mostly discomfort in the center of the chest that comes and goes and lasts for a few minutes or more. Discomfort involves uncomfortable pressure, squeezing and pain. If you are living with older people, you should be aware of this sign since heart attack occurs commonly with older people. Be sure to call an ambulance right away.
  • Upper body discomfort: discomfort in the other areas of the upper body could be signs of a heart attack. Discomfort of one or both arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach could be a sign of danger coming.
  • Shortness of breath: this is commonly experienced by people who have had a heart attack. Shortness of breath can be joined by discomfort in the chest but may also come before any chest discomfort. You should be alarmed if you experience shortness of breath because this may indicate the beginning of a heart attack.
  • Other symptoms: many signs could indicate a possible heart attack such as dizziness, nausea, sweating and light-headedness. Don't be too tolerant of your body's signs as this may indicate a serious problem of your heart. Have yourself checked by a doctor.
  • Palpitation: if you experience rapid or irregular heartbeats, you should see a doctor right away. This is a sign that usually occurs along with the above signs. Stay alert and be observant to the signs and symptoms of your body to prevent serious damage.

Many people are at great risk of a heart attack due to our changing lifestyles. You should live a healthy life by eating the right kinds of foods and by taking time to do some exercise however busy you are. Heart attack is like a thief in the night that comes when you least expect it. Knowing the signs and symptoms is very important to prevent further damage to your heart. When you experience these signs, go to the nearest hospital immediately. Never wait!