Many people think that heart attacks strike instantaneously. However, heart attacks do not occur as sudden as many movies and TV shows have made people to believe. There are symptoms that are inherent among people who eventually have heart attacks. It is worth noting that while heart attacks strike in a similar pattern across all people, their warning signs and symptoms differ significantly from one person to the other and between the two genders. According to studies, many heart attacks begin as minor heart pains and general discomforts before culminating to serious health concerns. Surprisingly enough, some people do not show any signs of heart attack but end up experiencing silent heart attacks. For major heart attacks, there are warning signs and symptoms that attributed to them.
These warning signs and symptoms are listed below:
I. Experiencing periodic chest pain or heart discomfort is a common symptom of an impending heart attack. The potential heart attack victim starts to experience chest pains and discomfort. If the potential victim had previous chest pains, the pains start to take a different pattern in terms of occurrence. The discomfort occurs at the center or the left side of the potential victim’s chest which may last a minute or longer. The discomfort is in the form of mounting chest pressure, compacting of ribs and general pain. These elements of discomfort can either be mild or severe. The heart attack pains may be similar to pains of indigestion or the popular heartburns.
II. A majority of symptoms related to angina are treated as early warnings of a heart attack. Angina is a chest related pain that is characteristic of people suffering from coronary heart disease. This pain is very prominent if the coronary disease patient is active. Angina is very severe when one is active and goes away minutes after the patient has had enough rest. Unlike angina, chest pains do not go away or change their patterns drastically and are perfect warnings of an impending heart attack.
The above warning signs and symptoms are the most prominent. The following are other symptoms that can be attributed to an impending heart attack.
a) Experiencing discomfort in the upper part of the body around the arms, the backbone, the two jaws, the neck and the stomach can be warning signs for an impending heart attack.
b) Interrupted breath which is at most times short. The shortened breath is experienced immediately before or after a chest discomfort.
c) Nauseating, stomach related discomforts, unexpected vomiting, dizziness or sudden sweating can be attributed to an impending heart attack.
d) Excessive tiredness, lack of enough sleep and general body weakness are signs of potential heart attacks.
Precaution emerging from heart attack symptoms should be treated with the seriousness they deserve. All chest pains and related discomforts should be reported to the doctors and necessary medication prescribed.
To conclude, heart attacks are common health problems that cut across all ages. While they are a great health concern, their destructive qualities can be reduced if people take precaution and have regular medical checkups.