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Heart Attack Warning Signs

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Learn the Signs of a Heart Attack.

Every year, 1 in 4 deaths in the United States is attributed to heart disease and heart attacks. Often the symptoms are confused with other illnesses, making it difficult to detect symptoms. However, there are a few heart attack warnings to watch out for, which if detected and treated early, may prevent a full blown heart attack.

Discomfort in the Chest

Many heart attacks begin with discomfort in the chest. This can either be a mild fullness feeling or a painful squeezing or uncomfortable pressure. Those who have suffered heart attack often describe the discomfort in the chest area as a gradual, intense pressure. The tightness in the chest may last more than 5 minutes and may also move to the upper back area.

Dizziness or Lightheadedness

Heart attack patients also experience a dizziness or lightheadedness which feels a bit like they are going to pass out. Although this is not always a symptom indicative of a heart attack, it is an indication of something which needs to be investigated by a medical professional. This is often a symptom of heart disease or heart attack that is ignored or overlooked.

Arm Pain

Pain in the arm is probably the most well known symptom of heart of attack. This pain often occurs in the left arm but can occur in either. Unfamiliar pain in the left side of the body, anywhere from the shoulder to the elbow, may be a symptom of heart attack.

Many heart attacks occur without any symptoms and are known as “silent” heart attacks. If any of these heart attack warnings are experienced, it is important to consult with a medical professional. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, immediately call 911 and be prepared to perform CPR. The American Heart Association has designed training courses to prepare the public on how to save someone suffering from a heart attack.