Today we will be discussing heart attack symptoms, 7 warning signs you should never ignore. Each year, 735,000 Americans have heart attacks and worldwide 7,000,000 die from heart attacks each year. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. And, yes, chest pain is a common symptom but it is not the only symptom of a heart attack and sometimes it is not even present. Women, in particular, tend to have more subtle symptoms, which can easily be overlooked. "Time is muscle", so let's get started. Also, if you have not done so already, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit that notification button so you know when I'm doing live medical question and answer sessions.
What Is A Heart Attack?
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow, or the supply of oxygen, to a coronary artery is blocked or stopped. When this happens, you no longer have the proper oxygen for the heart tissue, that heart tissue dies, and you have a myocardial infarction or a heart attack.
When you get a myocardial infarction, it usually occurs due to fatty deposits or atherosclerotic plaques in the coronary arteries. It can also occur when there is a heart artery spasm which blocks the blood supply or if there is a dissection in that coronary artery.
According to the American Heart Association, in the United States, one out of every three deaths is caused by heart disease and stroke. And if you have not done so already, please watch my YouTube video on warning signs of a stroke. So now, let's talk about the seven warning signs of a heart attack you should never ignore.
7 Warning Signs of a Heart Attack You Should Never Ignore
1. Chest Pain
Chest pain or chest discomfort is a very common symptom of heart attacks. People describe it as a crushing pain, feeling like an elephant is sitting on their chest or like something is just really, really weighing down on them. It can be in the center of the chest or it can be to the left of the chest.
2. Tingling or Discomfort in Other Body Parts
Even though we're talking about heart attack symptoms, the symptoms don't always present just in the heart. You can get symptoms in other body parts. This includes tingling, numbness, discomfort or pain in the arms, even the left arm, or both arms.
You can also get tingling or discomfort, pain in the jaw. You can also get it in the back or in the stomach. So if you're having symptoms and even if they're not in the chest, make sure you don't ignore them. If it's something that does not go away in a few minutes and if it's a symptom that's not normal for you, pay attention because it could be a warning sign of a heart attack that you should not ignore.
Question. Have you had symptoms other than chest pain that you later found out were warning signs of heart disease or a heart attack? If this has happened to you or someone you know, please comment down below.
3. Cold Sweats, or Diaphoresis
If you are in a cold sweat or having these beads of sweat on your forehead, feeling chills, especially if this is not something that's normal for you or the weather does not indicate that you should have this type of a reaction, cold sweats can be a warning sign of a heart attack.
4. Nausea or Even Vomiting
Sometimes, a heart attack symptom can present in the stomach area. You can literally become nauseated and start vomiting and it can also be a warning sign of a heart attack you should never ignore.
5. Shortness of Breath
If you are all of a sudden becoming short of breath much more so than the norm for you, then the shortness of breath is not necessarily your lungs, it's not necessarily being out of shape, shortness of breath can be a symptom of a heart attack.
6. Heart Palpitations
Another warning sign or a symptom of a heart attack can be a racing heart or an irregular heartbeat. If you are all of a sudden experiencing an irregular heartbeat and your heart is just pounding, pounding, pounding, this could be a warning sign of a heart attack that you should not ignore.
7. Dizziness or Lightheadedness
If you are having a heart attack and you no longer have proper oxygenation to your heart, well then the heart may not be pumping properly to the body and you may not be getting proper oxygenation to your brain and you can develop dizziness or lightheadedness. This dizziness can also be a warning sign of a heart attack.
Question. Before watching this video or reading this article, do you feel like you are a person who maybe would've experienced shortness of breath, nausea, or symptoms that are atypical from chest pain, and not called 9-1-1 for yourself? If you feel like you are that person who may have ignored these symptoms, please comment down below.
How To Prevent A Heart Attack
Let's touch briefly on how to prevent a heart attack. First off, you definitely want to consult your primary care physician to find out your risk factors for heart disease and the things you should be doing to prevent heart attacks.
You want to do things like have a heart-smart diet, you want to exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. If you are a cigarette smoker, stop smoking cigarettes, and you want to make sure that you really pay attention to your body. Remember that not everyone will get chest pain if they're having a heart attack. Women tend to have subtle symptoms. There are some women who only get fatigued or only get back pain or only get arm pain and they could still be having a heart attack.
Diabetics also tend to present in an atypical fashion. If you are a diabetic, you could have a silent heart attack or maybe just have a little nausea or a little jaw pain and that could be your symptom for heart disease or heart attack. So, again, make sure that you are in close contact with your primary care physician, or even your cardiologist, to find out your risk factors and how to prevent heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, if you have hypertension, you can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 50% if you lower your blood pressure. Be sure to watch my YouTube video on How To Lower Blood Pressure Naturally and Quickly.
Remember, if you experience any of these symptoms or warning signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Please do not try to drive yourself to the ER and, loved ones, please don't try to drive the person having the symptoms to the ER. Just call 9-1-1. That way if anything goes awry in the car ride, there are medical professionals, who can do life-saving procedures. Remember, it's all about living your healthiest, happiest life. Be sure to download your free PDF, 10 healthy habits for a better you and a better life. I live by this checklist, it helps me every day, and hopefully, it will help you as well.
There you have it. These are the heart attack symptoms, 7 warning signs you should never ignore.