The typical cause of a heart attack is a blockage of a heart artery. This blockage can potentially lead to death. However, immediate treatment upon recognizing heart attack symptoms can prevent a fatal attack and significantly reduce heart damage.
Recognize heart attack symptoms to save a life!
It is important to note that heart attack symptoms vary from person to person. Sometimes, symptoms can begin slowly causing only mild discomfort. Other times, crushing chest pain occurs suddenly. Even still, some people can experience a heart attack with no symptoms at all (this most often occurs in people who have diabetes). Even minor heart attack symptoms should not be ignored, as quick action can make all the difference. In fact, about half of the people who die from heart attacks do so within the first hour after heart attack symptoms begin.
Heart Attack Symptoms:
- Shortness of breath-Without any apparent cause, shortness of breath (with or without chest pain) can be a symptom of a heart attack.
- Chest discomfort-Pressure, fullness, or pain from the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes (or fades and returns) requires attention.
- Upper body pain-A pain that extends beyond the chest to your arms, back, neck, or jaw could potentially be a symptom of a heart attack.
Better Safe Than Sorry
These are the most common heart attack symptoms in both men and women. If you or someone you’re with experiences any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Resist the urge to drive yourself or the heart attack victim to the hospital. The paramedics can begin treatment on the way to the hospital and have the tools to revive the victim if necessary. When it comes to heart attack symptoms, it is better to be safe than sorry.
After calling 9-1-1 and while waiting on the ambulance, there are a few things you can do. Keep the victim calm, and have them either sit or lay down. Give them a baby aspirin (assuming they aren’t allergic) and make sure they chew it, as opposed to swallowing it whole. If the person stops breathing, perform CPR. If you do not know how to perform CPR, the 9-1-1 operator can assist you until paramedics arrive.
Of course, no one anticipates a heart attack. However, it is always best to be prepared by knowing the symptoms and what action to take, just in case. You should also be aware of your risk for heart attack by not only knowing the risk factors, but your family history as well. If you have questions on this (or any other health/pharmacy question) leave a reply below! Or, give us a call! We are always happy to help our patients be the best, healthiest, versions of themselves.