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CHEST PAIN - HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS Some
heart attacks are sudden and intense as in Hollywood movie versions of a heart attack where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart
attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected
aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here
are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: Chest discomfort.
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that
lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It
can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort
in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort.
But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common
symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw
pain.If you have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs,
don't wait longer than a few minutes (no more than 5) before calling for help.
Take an aspirin right away and Call 9-1-1. Get to a hospital right away.
CHEST PAIN - HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS
When my Dad experienced a heart attack, he never had pain, never had shortness of breath. He thought he was just unusually tired. He lay down and turned off the television and rested all night. He took a nap the following day. The day after that he had a check up previously scheduled to see his family physician. It turned out he had had a heart attack. There was 90% blockage of one artery that fed the heart and 75% blockage of a second heart artery. It turned out that this was happening slowly over a long time and that is what saved him. If it had been a sudden blockage, he would have died. He had a balloon angioplasty performed and now takes medication to keep his blood pressure low, his blood thinned, and his cholesterol very low. The last time he checked, his cholesterol was 138.
CHEST PAIN - STROKE WARNING SIGNS
Sudden numbness or weakness of the
face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
If you or someone with you
has one or more of these signs, don't delay. Immediately call 9-1-1 or
the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with
advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll
know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate
action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting
drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.
CHEST PAIN - INDIGESTION or HEARTBURN Get any chest pain checked out by a physician. Sometimes the diagnosis can be heartburn. Especially seen with huge cystic organs that compress our stomachs. This usually lasts only a few minutes and is relieved by an antacid tablet. With prolonged chest pain lasting longer than a half an hour, be sure to go to an urgent care center or emergency room.