In the United States alone, heart attacks are one of the leading causes of death throughout the country. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart disease and a heart attack can help save a life. Some of these symptoms begin showing up as early as a month in advance.
Heart attacks are serious medical conditions. They occur when the body’s supply of blood is blocked, normally caused by a blood clot. These occur when there is plaque build-up in the coronary arteries.
The heart attack is dead tissue that is killed off during the process of blood loss. This tissue causes extreme pain and squeezing, which are both felt at the time of the heart attack.
Heart attacks are common in people who have a high amount of stress, who are heavy smokers or who are morbidly overweight. However, regardless of the contributing factors, heart attacks are the number one killers of women across all spectrums. Therefore, it is important to learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, as well as to receive regular check-ups from a doctor.
Today’s video will discuss the warning signs of a heart attack and what to look out for.
1. Chest pressure
This is the symptom that most people are familiar with. Most people will feel pressure pushing on their chest. This is a concrete sign that a heart attack is about to occur. A lot of people may ignore this pain, thinking that it is a normal feeling. However, ignoring this sign can cost someone their life. They should receive immediate medical attention if they are experiencing any hard pressure on their upper chest.
2. Cold Sweats and Dizziness
When the body does not circulate blood properly, the brain will not receive the proper amount of blood. This is a huge issue and the patient should receive medical attention immediately.
3. Cold and Flu Symptoms
After a heart attack, many patients report experiencing cold or flu symptoms leading up to the days prior to the attack. If these symptoms are felt, the patient should seek medical treatment right away.
When the body feels weak, sweaty or nauseous, there may be trouble along the way. Jaw pain is another alarming sign. As the arteries in the body continue to narrow, the blood stops flowing throughout the body properly.
5. Shortness of Breath
When the body does not receive sufficient blood, the lungs are also negatively affected. If the lungs do not receive enough blood or oxygen, the body struggles to breathe properly. If the patient experiences any trouble breathing, they should be seen by a doctor right away to be checked out.
If someone is feeling drowsy and tired most of the time, it could be caused by an improper blood flow to the heart. This could happen as a result of plaque build-up in the arteries. Again, this should be checked out by a medical professional right away.
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