In certain cases heart attacks can be sudden and intense and it’s obvious as to what’s happening.
But in the majority, most will start slowly, beginning with mild pain or discomfort.
Time and again however the people experiencing heart attack symptoms aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help.
The following are indicators of heart attack symptoms that can mean a heart attack is taking place:
Heart Attack Symptoms – Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. Heart attack symptoms like this can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Heart Attack Symptoms – Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Heart attack symptoms like this can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Heart Attack Symptoms – Shortness of breath. This heart attack symptom comes along with chest discomfort. But it can be present before the chest discomfort.
Other Heart Attack Symptoms: Breaking out in a cold sweat, queasiness or dizziness.
You or someone you’re with has heart attack symptoms such as chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other heart attack symptoms mentioned!
Don’t wait longer than a few minutes before getting help!
Calling 9-1-1 is usually the fastest and best way to get the treatment & help needed in any emergency situation.
EMS and Paramedics can begin treatment of heart attack symptoms when they arrive.
They are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. You’ll usually get treated faster in the hospital if you come by ambulance when having heart attack symptoms.
If you can’t contact EMS have someone drive you to the hospital right away. But if you’re the one having the heart attack symptoms don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.
“How Can You Know If You’ve Had A Heart Attack?”
If you’ve had heart attack symptoms your doctor will study the results of several tests to diagnose a heart attack, including:
A review of your complete medical history;
The results of your physical examination.
Use an electrocardiogram (EKG) to locate any abnormalities caused by damage to the heart. An EKG is a medical device that makes a graphical record of the heart’s electrical activity.
Use a blood test to detect abnormal levels of certain enzymes in the bloodstream.
Blood tests confirm (or refute) suspicions mentioned in the early stages of heart attack symptoms evaluation that may occur in an emergency room, intensive care unit or urgent care setting. These tests are sometimes called heart damage markers or cardiac enzymes.
If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other heart attack symptoms mentioned, then call 9-1-1 & get to a hospital right away!