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How to Identify the Signs of a Heart Attack

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Being able to identify if you or someone you know is having a heart attack will increase the chances of survival. The sooner you can identify these signs the sooner you can get help. A common question that most people want to know is how they can identify the signs of a heart attack.

When someone is having a heart attack, they are not receiving enough blood flow to a particular area of the heart. This condition is often caused by a blood clot and with a lack of oxygen and nutrients to this important organ, and in some cases it can lead to serious injury or death. Below are some of the common signs that can help you identify if you or someone you know is having a heart attack:

Common Signs and symptoms

  1. Chest pain

The individual will be grabbing their chest and look very uncomfortable. This will be described as tightness in the chest, almost as if someone was applying a lot of pressure to his or her chest.

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Abnormal Sweating
  3. Nausea

While these are commonly known signs of a heart attack, some individuals will unfortunately not show many signs. This can make it much more difficult to get them help when they have the attack. Here are some other, less common signs that you can watch out for:

Non-common signs and symptoms

  1. Pain in the Jaw
  2. Vomiting and nausea
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Pain in upper body (i.e. shoulders or arm on the left side or upper abdomen)
  5. Indigestion

Now that you are able to identify some of the signs of a heart attack you will want to know how to proceed. The most important thing to do is call 911. Even if you are not 100% sure, it is better to be safe than sorry. A medical team will be able to better assess the situation, and the sooner they arrive to the scene, the quicker the individual can be helped. While waiting for the ambulance, ask the individual if they have any heart medication that they are suppose to be taking. This will help them in the mean time.

Speak with your cardiologist if you have any questions about how to identify the signs of a heart attack. Knowing what to look out for could save your life or someone else’s life.

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