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Heart Attack- Warning signs

  • June 04, 2018
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Heart attack is an outcome of the death of a part of the heart muscle due to lack of blood supply. Common risk factors for heart attack are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, poor diet, tobacco use, stress and excessive alcohol consumption. Many a times heart attack is sudden, intense and is associated with discomfort. If you see any of the following warning signs, you should immediately consult your doctor:

  •  Discomfort in Chest: Discomfort in the center of chest lasting for more than few minutes is the most common warning sign. Sometimes this discomfort may come back after hours or day.
  • Pain in the chest: Chest may feel squeezing, full and uncomfortable. Pain in the chest spreads to arms, neck, jaw, or back. Sometimes pain may be seen in upper back especially in women.
  • Sweating day and night: sweating will be more than normal even though you are not active or doing exercise. This is one of the early signs of heart attack. If you experience cold sweats or clammy skin then consult your doctor. Night sweats are common in women with heart troubles.
  • Fatigue and Shortness of breath: If you often feel shortness of breath and tired with no reason it could be one of the sign.
  • Heart palpitations: Heart palpitations accompanied by dizziness, sense of anxiety, pounding in the neck are indicative heart attack.
  • Indigestion, Nausea and Vomiting: Mild indigestion, nausea or vomiting may be seen before heart attack.

Finally, a word of caution, many of the above symptoms may occur because of some trivial health reasons as well. Thus, do not panic, take help of professional when required.

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Sources: 1. “Warning Signs of a Heart Attack”  https://www.healthline.com/health/heart-disease/warning-signs-heart-attack#chest-pain. 

2. ”Warning Signs of a Heart Attack” http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/WarningSignsofaHeartAttack/Warning-Signs-of-a-Heart-Attack_UCM_002039_Article.jsp#.WwrMr_kiPIU.