How To Detect Signs of Heart Attacks

Signs of heart attacks can often be similar to other feelings of discomfort in the chest so it is important to be clear on what constitutes a heart attack and what doesn’t.  We’ve all experienced that moment of severe chest pain and the moment of fear when we aren’t sure if it’s the real deal or just something minor like indigestion.

Understanding the various components to heart disease and how it can relate to your own health is key to maintaining a fruitful life in your older age.

What Are the Signs of Heart Attacks?

Just as if our lungs were restricted long-term to be able to breath air, if our heart is restricted of oxygen-rich blood flow, it will no longer be able to pump. Coronary thrombosis, or as we commonly know it, a “heart attack,” refers to a sudden clot that is formed within the blood stream, often as a result of poor nutrition.

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Heart attack: the number one killer to both men and women

With heart attacks being the number one killer to both men and women, it is important to know not only how to prevent them but also how to recognize the signs.

We can’t see the inside of our arteries to view whether or not they are clogged and making us at risk; however, we can pay attention to the signs of our body.

Here are the most common signs you could be having a heart attack:

  • Shortness of Breath : Sometimes your only or initial sign, any out-of-the-ordinary moments of gasping for air should be best dealt with by seeking the attention of a doctor to address your concerns.
  • Chest Pain or Discomfort : This will often occur in conjunction with the shortness of breath, and is ongoing or in short spurts. It is typically a tight feeling in the center, center-left side or your chest and can easily be confused with indigestion.

    However, do not, particularly as you age and become more at risk assume it is insignificant and will pass. If you’re momentarily worried, it is best to head to a doctor and get all your vitals checked.
  • Discomfort of the Upper Body : While its commonly known to feel left arm pain, pain can also occur in the jaw, stomach, neck, shoulders, and back.
  • Other Factors : While not guaranteed, you may experience onset of nausea, light-headedness, cold sweats, and excessive drowsiness.

The Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control

While heart disease can be hereditary and can attack people in seemingly good health, there are some heart disease risk factors you can tackle in your daily life.

  • Being Overweight or Obese
  • Having High Blood Pressure or High Cholesterol
  • Being Physically Inactive
  • Smoking or Drinking Excessively

When it comes to signs of heart attacks, the most important and key piece of information is never to ignore what doesn’t feel right on your own body. No matter your age, you should never feel embarrassed, silly or uncomfortable heading to the doctor or hospital to inquire about feelings of chest pain or discomfort.

The best case scenario is that it was a false alarm, but no matter what it will always be the best case if you managed to intervene with professional help in the moment of a heart attack in order to save your life.

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Related Links:
American Heart Association: "Warning Signs of a Heart Attack."
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is a Heart Attack?"