Heart disease is one of the major diseases affecting the world today that has a very high mortality rate. Many victims are not aware that they already have symptoms of heart disease way before the actual heart attack happens. Anyone at risk of heart disease must know the symptoms of a heart attack. It just might save your life or someone you love.
Shortness of Breath
Philips AED, maker of high quality defibrillators say that shortness of breath is one of the key signs to look out for because it can be a precursor to the chest pain and could be the 1st symptom victims experience if they are having a coronary episode. The shortness of breath is described as a feeling that you are winded and that you simply cant catch your breath even though you did not do anything that requires exertion. The shortness of breath also comes with some lightheadedness and dizziness.
The hallmark of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort that is located at the center or at the left portion of the chest. The feeling can be described as squeezing or someone that is sitting on your chest. According to Philips HeartStart defibrillators experts, the pain experienced is intense and can sometimes be mistaken for heartburn or indigestion. The chest pain in a heart attack usually radiates to the left shoulder and sometimes the back. If it is chest pain related to a heart attack the duration is more than a few minutes or intermittent.
Discomfort in other Areas
Aside from the pain in the chest, the heart attack victim may also experience discomfort in other parts of the body. It can even go to the upper portion of the stomach and can even radiate to the jaw and mouth. Knowing the aches in the upper part of the body can assist you in distinguishing pain caused by an acute coronary condition versus pain due to indigestion and heartburn.
If you experience any of the pain above, never downplay any of the symptoms especially if you are at risk or have a known heart condition. Call 911 and wait for emergency responders to assist you.