Something You Should Know

6-signs-of-a-heart-attack6 Signs of a Heart Attack

A heart attack is nothing to brush off. They can come on quickly and kill instantly. So if you think you or someone around you is having a heart attack, contact 911 immediately. But if you are unsure, here are 6 signs to look out for.

  1. Chest Pain/Tightening – Tightness of the chest is one of the most telltale signs of a heart attack. This can feel like pressure, squeezing, or simply discomfort in the chest area. This pain can subside then return and can spread from the chest to the neck, head, back, or arms.
  1. Shortness of Breath – Feeling like you can’t catch your breath can be another sign of a heart attack. This can happen before the chest pain or while your chest hurts, so if you start to feel chest pain, think back to whether you were having trouble catching your breath recently.
  1. Nausea and Vomiting – Feeling like you are going to be sick, or actually vomiting, can often occur during a heart attack. This can be associated with burping or indigestion, as well.
  1. Arm Pain – Most typically in the left arm, it is common for the chest pain to spread down one, or even both arms. It can continue to spread even into the wrist and hands. This will be a shooting or radiating pain, normally, though it can present in a number of ways.
  1. Dizziness – Directly before or during a heart attack, it is common to feel light-headed or dizzy. This can be minor or so severe you can’t stand, and can lead to nausea and vomiting.
  1. Anxiety – With the shortness of breath can come a feeling of anxiety or dread. It will feel like a panic attack that has come out of nowhere, with no particular trigger or identifiable issue.

Any one of these symptoms is enough to reach out to a medical professional, however, if you are having more than one, it is a good idea to call 911 for assistance. Even a few minutes can be the difference between life and death when dealing with a heart attack.

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