A heart attack is not necessarily an event that grabs your chest and paralyzes your arms. According to a 2016 study by the American Heart Association, 45% of all heart attacks in the United States are "silent" and have no obvious symptoms. According to CDC 2020 data, heart disease kills one person every 36 seconds, making it a leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
So how can you protect yourself from the quiet and very common? In addition to abandoning habits that are known to be harmful to the heart, it is also possible to make sure that you know the following warning signs of a heart attack that can easily be confused with everyday problems. I can do it. And to learn more about your actions that endanger your health, look at 20 ways you can unknowingly increase your risk of having a heart attack.
1. Abdominal pain and discomfort
Nausea, indigestion, abdominal pain, and abdominal pain are just a few of the many warning signs of a common upper abdominal heart attack. In a 2018 study of 2,009 heart attack patients published in Circulation in 2018, about 67% of women and 53% of men reported that they had some gastric-related symptoms.
2. Profuse sweating
You should not sweat from your shirt in mid-October, so please see a doctor. In the same circulation study, 53% of women and 56% of men said they sweated too much during a heart attack.
Although less common, disorientation is another possible sign of a heart attack. In a circular study, about 12% of women and 11% of men told researchers that heart attacks manifest themselves as confusion.
4. Arm pain
Don't assume that you're feeling good just because you don't have chest pain. David Guts, an emergency physician at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, points out: Pain and discomfort often remain part of the presentation, but may not affect the chest. Examples include pain in the arms and neck.
Are you fragile and tired? Sure, it may be a sign that you aren't getting enough sleep, but your body may also warn you that your heart isn't functioning properly. According to Guts, "Some patients with [heart attack] report more vague symptoms such as general weakness, while others have the ominous feeling of dying." To see where the people of the country are most restless, look at the sleepless states in America.
6. Jaw pain
According to the American Heart Association, jaw pain and discomfort is some of the many warning signs of a heart attack that people tend to ignore, but it is actually very common. A 2013 Canadian study of 1,015 heart attack patients published at JAMA Internal Medicine reported that 13% of men and 24% of women had jaw and/or toothache.
7. Hot Flashes
Even if you are a woman experiencing menopause, you should not automatically assume that the hot flash you are experiencing is the result of hormonal changes. In a JAMA study, researchers found that about 45% of men and 55% of women experienced warmth and red tide as a symptom of an acute coronary syndrome (this is a cardiac block, including a heart attack. It is a generic term). 8. Dizzy
Dizzy? This seemingly harmless symptom may indicate that you have a heart attack. In the same JAMA study, about 24% of male patients and 27% of females reported that dizziness was one of the symptoms associated with the cardiac block.
Many activities such as exercise and climbing long stairs will be breathtaking, and this is perfectly normal. However, you should always be careful if you are out of breath when you bend down, tighten your shoes, or get off the sofa. In a 2013 JAMA study, shortness of breath was the fourth most common symptom among patients with the acute coronary syndrome, and 45% of men and women experienced it.
10. Back pain
In addition to bad mattresses and improper training, heart attacks can also cause back pain. And for women, this pain needs to be taken especially seriously. In a JAMA study, only 27% of men reported back pain during a heart attack, but nearly 43% of women experienced this condition. Subscribe to our daily newsletter for more useful information.
If you ever feel like you're choking when you don't have anything in your mouth, head to the hospital ASAP. According to the National Heart Foundation of Australia, a heart attack can manifest as "a choking or burning feeling in your throat."
The good news is that this painful symptom isn't common. In the aforementioned JAMA study, only 11 percent of men and 10 percent of women mentioned experiencing a choking sensation.
12. Pressure in the center of the chest
People commonly look for pain on the left side of their chest when they think they're having a heart attack because they assume that that's where their heart is located. However, the heart only ever so slightly skews to the left, and in reality, any pain you might feel during a heart attack is more likely going to be located in the center of your chest. As cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, MD, explained to the Cleveland Clinic, "Heart attacks most often cause discomfort in the center of the chest, along with a sensation of unremitting squeezing, fullness, or tightness."
The impaired blood flow indicative of a heart problem can result in numbness in your extremities, too. That's because, during a heart attack, the blood vessels throughout your body narrow, and thusly the amount of blood your hands and feet receive is limited.
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