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Understanding the signs of heart attack

Understanding the signs of heart attack

Heart attacks most often occur as a result of coronary heart disease or coronary artery disease. This is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart.

A less common cause of heart attack is a severe spasm (tightening) of a coronary artery. The spasm cuts off blood flow through the artery. Spasms can occur in coronary arteries that aren't affected by atherosclerosis.

Heart attacks can be associated with or lead to severe health problems, such as heart failure, arrhythmias, life threatening cardiogenic shock.

Some of the most common warning symptoms of a heart attack for both men and women are:

  • Chest pain or Discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Usually symptoms are associated with exertion such as walking, running, exercise

Other possible symptoms of a heart attack include: -

  • Sweating
  • Feeling unusually tired for no reason, sometimes for days
  • Nausea (feeling sick to the stomach), and vomiting
  • Light – headedness or sudden dizziness
  • Any sudden, new symptom or a change in the pattern of symptoms you already have (for example, if your symptoms become stronger or last longer than usual)
  • People who have high blood sugar (diabetes) may not have chest pain even with severe blockages due to peripheral neuropathy
  • Pain in the back, shoulders, and jaw

The signs and symptoms of a heart attack can develop suddenly. However, they also can develop slowly over a period of time.

Any time you think you might be having above problems and not getting resolved, shouldn’t be ignored. You should visit a doctor for proper evaluation which might save you and your family from a disaster.

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