10 Possible signs of a heart attack

Symptoms of a heart attack

symptoms of a heart attack


Fatigue is commonly witnessed by women than men.

Sudden tiredness and difficulty in doing simple tasks that you used to do like walking, jogging or even climbing stairs should be something to worry about.

Fatigue is rarely witnessed but if you suddenly experience it, try getting further medical advice and diagnosis.

Shortness of breath

Having shortness of breath when doing simple tasks or when lying down can be one of the signs of a heart attack. This happens because the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently. However, shortness of breath can be caused by other medical conditions if you experience it just try contacting your doctor for a check-up.

Sudden dizziness

Sudden dizziness accompanied by fatigue and shortness of breath can be a symptom of a heart attack. The sudden dizziness experience should never be ignored and immediate medical attention should be sought.

Cold sweat

Cold sweat is a likely symptom of a heart attack. Doctors have warned people to always seek immediate medical attention if they experience this.

Swelling of legs or ankles

The swelling of legs can be a possible sign of a heart attack. This is usually caused by the inability of the heart to pump blood effective causing blood to stay in the veins and arteries thus causing swelling.

Persistent cough

Coughing persistently can sometimes not be a symptom of a possible heart attack but if the person coughs out white or pink mucus consistently, it could be a possible sign of a heart attack.

Pain in the left arm

Left-arm pain is considered one of the most common symptoms of a heart attack. The pain increases in intensity within a few minutes and it can spread down the left arm or even both arms and the shoulders.

Jaw pain

Sudden jaw pain can be a sign of an impending heart attack. Jaw pain is felt because the nerves that serve that jaw are close to those that serve the heart and thus any abnormality in the heart function can be felt in the jaw.

Nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain or indigestion

These symptoms are common in some people. Women are the most common victims of these symptoms than men. The victims can even vomit in some cases. There is no actual scientific explanation as to why these signs are felt in a heart attack.

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Pain, tightness, pressure, or discomfort in the chest

Having sudden chest discomfort or pain accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, jaw pain, and pain in the left arm can be a symptom of a heart attack.

What does it feel like to have a mini heart attack?

A mini heart attack or “silent” heart attack can make you feel lightheaded or dizzy, fatigued or tired, and cause discomfort and pain in the arms, shoulders, and other upper body areas including the chest. It can also cause you to break out in cold sweats and feel nauseous.

How do you stop a heart attack immediately?

Actually, a heart attack cannot be stopped immediately unless appropriate medical attention is sought and an expert attends to the person but home remedies such as making the person sit or lie down and keep calm can help reduce the effect but after all these the person should see the doctor.

Can you have heart attack symptoms for weeks?

Some people can just have a sudden heart attack without prior warning signs and symptoms. But in some people the heart attack can start showing symptoms such as chest pain and it can take several weeks or days before the actual heart attack sets in.

Is breathlessness a sign of heart failure?

Breathlessness can be a sign of heart attack. It usually happens when the person lies down or when doing simple exercises. The person can also feel this at night when sleeping and they can wake up trying to struggle to breath.

What does a heart failure cough sound like?

A cough that is persistent and with a wheezing sound can be a warning sign of a heart attack. The person can sometimes cough phlegm or mucus-like substance that may be blood tinged. Though this is common in pneumonia but if the person also has shortness of breath there is a possibility of it being a heart attack.

Is neck pain a sign of heart attack?

Neck pain can also be a sign of heart attack especially if the person has jaw pain and left arm pain too. The jaw and the neck are very near and thus any discomfort in the jaws can affect the neck too.

How do you survive a heart attack alone?

Actually if you get a heart attack when alone it can be very tricky but you need not to panic and gain up some energy and try calling 911 or chew aspirin if you have it nearby. You can also stay calm and lie down to rest and try alerting any nearby person who can help.

Lifon Jeffrey, MD, MPH

Lifon Jeffrey, MD, MPH Is the chief editor of The Healthline medical, health and nutritional articles. His 16 years of experience in the medical field have made him to become more familiar with the daily health related problems and nutritional difficulties people have. He edits all the articles to make sure all the information is accurate, up to date and suits the medical field.

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