A heart attack can strike at any time. Heart attacks know no age limits. Contrary to poplar beliefs a heart attack can happen to anyone of any age. This is evident of the athlete that drops from a heart attack during a game. Evident also of the small child who dies of a heart attack while playing on the playground. What makes heart attacks so bad is the warning signs of a heart attack are not the classic signs of grabbing your right arm and falling to the ground in pain. That is why a heart attack is not always looked as the problem and treated in time properly. Even one should know how to spot a heart attack and what to do in the event that a loved one or themselves suffers from a heart attack.
Discomfort in the chest area can be a way that someone can spot a potential heart attack. Discomfort in the chest can be a sign that something is going wrong in the heart muscle. A lot of people will ignore these feelings of discomfort and put off seeing a doctor. They just believe it might have been something they ate, they are working to hard or that it is just heartburn. While all of these reasons might be the real reason for the discomfort, they still could not be. So get any chest discomfort check out by your doctor.
The American Heart Association recommends not waiting any longer than a few minutes to get help if some one is suffering from chest discomfort, especially if it is followed by any of the below signs.
Discomfort can happen in other areas of the body besides just the chest. The arms can be affected during a heart attack. This discomfort can be just a feeling of discomfort or it can be painful.
The back, neck, stomach and jaws can be affected during a heart attack also. Women are more likely than men though to experience pain in the back and jaw. Women are also more likely to experience nausea and vomiting during a heart attack.
Shortness of breath is also another sign to look for during the onset of a heart attack. This can happen with or without any discomfort in the chest area. Most people will just assume this is caused by over exertion. But if it doesn’t feel right and seems to be different some how then do not waste time get help immediately. It could save your life or the life of a loved one.
These signs are what you need to look for when determining if you are a loved one are having a heart attack. A heart attack needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a professional. Time is also of importance in getting proper treatment for a heart attack. There for you should dial 911 immediately if you are a loved on are experiencing any of the above symptoms. It is better to be safe than sorry. So don’t worry about going to the hospital to only find out it was nothing. What would you do if you ignored it and it was a heart attack? You could end up dieing or being left with permanent damage.