7 Silent Signs of a Heart Attack

Overview

Every year over 1 million Americans suffer a heart attack. Traditional symptoms such as cold sweat, chest pain or pressure, extreme weakness are renowned. However, there are silent signs or silent ischemia signs that you’re having or about to have a heart attack which can be easily missed. Notice these subtle heart attack signs early and get prompt treatment to save your life.

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Fatigue

It is one of the common symptoms seen by cardiologist especially among women heart attack patients. During a quarter years of practice, people who were on the verge of a heart attack have reported feeling quite tired and unable to do their usual activities. According to WebMD, during a heart attack, the blood flow to the heart is reduced which put extra stress on the muscle thus make you feel exhausted. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor to do an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check your heart’s activity. Sometimes when people present with lethargy, the doctor’s won’t be immediately ordering an EKG instead they can detect a heart attack. However, you should request one from your doctor in order to ensure you are safe.

Soreness in the back, arms, or chest

Pain or soreness in the back, either arms or chest is often a silent sign of heart attack. This is because when the heart muscle cells start running out of oxygen during a heart attack due to a blocked artery it prevents the oxygenated blood from feeding that muscle hence it begin to send off the pain signals through the nervous system. The brain may confuse these nerve signals with the signals as coming from the jaw, arm, neck, elbow, shoulder, or upper back due to the nerve proximity. Since this pain is often not accompanied by the typical chest heaviness related to the heart attack, people tend to ignore it. Some patient feel the pain only while they are working out hence they assume it is due to exercise. However, this is not right because if the symptoms is something new then its worrisome and you need to see a doctor.

Shortness of breath

If climbing stairs up from the subway is normally not a problem but you suddenly find yourself gasping for air at the top then it could signal a heart attack. Often patients especially women tells that walking up steps or carrying groceries they notice breathlessness or feel fatigued when normally they won’t. If you feel short of breath right after waking up then it could also be a sign that something could be wrong. This is because the heart plays a key role to transport oxygen to the rest of your body and remove the carbon dioxide from the tissues. Hence the blocked blood flow to the heart could affect your breathing.

Heartburn or belching

There’s probably noting to worry about if you have an occasional heartburn flare-up after a heavy pizza lunch but if it’s out of the ordinary or heartburn has never bothered you before then call your doctor as this could signal a heart attack. Angina, a heartburn like chest pain is caused by lack of blood flow to the heart that happens during a heart attack.

Stomach upset

Sometimes, the heart attack signs can mimic the stomach problems such as vomiting, nausea or overall GI upset especially in women. If you don’t feel well, always call your doctor. It could be the taco you had at 10pm but it can also be a heart attack that could turn out to be catastrophic.

Throat, neck, or jaw discomfort

The tightness in the throat you have never felt before or the unexplained discomfort of the neck or jaw or a can signify a heart attack, so immediately contact a doctor. People with diabetes should pay attention to the subtle changes such as this because they have trouble feeling sensations. Also they are less likely to feel more typical symptoms like chest pain.

An overall feeling that something’s wrong

The heart attack patients have told me they have a feeling of doom like something isn’t right. Listen to that little voice in your head and if something feels off, then it is always better to be overly cautious and call a doctor. Some patients report feeling less mentally sharp right before a heart attack.

Final verdict

Don’t be your own physician. If you experience a distinct change in how you feel no matter how subtle then seek medical attention at +91-9371136499 or contact@indianhealthguru.com.

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Sudden Health Problems After 50

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When you have crossed 50, some ailments can announce themselves painfully and suddently. And ouches and aches which were not much to worry about when you were younger could be a sign of bigger problems in middle age.

Heart Attack

This is a big one since 735,000 people have heart attack every year. A 50 year old man has a one in two chance of getting heart disease at some point. The most common signs of heart attack are shortness of breath, chest pain, and pain in the shoulders, neck or back, feel dizzy, sweaty or like you are going to throw up.

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Stroke

It occurs when the blood doesn’t get to the parts of the brain like it should and those brain cells begin to die. If you experience sudden weakness or numbness in your arms, face or legs, have trouble speaking, lose your bearings or get confused, then get help right away.

Aneurysm

Most of the lifestyle changes you make to lower the risk of stroke and heart disease can make you less likely to have aneurysm as well. Often, an aneurysm happens when the wall of an artery gets weak or it start to bulge outward. If that wall gives away, then it could lead to serious internal bleeding or a stroke. The symptoms of aneurysm are nausea, pain, clammy skin, dizziness and a rapid heartbeat.

Gallstones

The gallstones are hardened chunks of bile, a fluid that helps the body to get rid of waste. They might get stuck on the way out of the gallbladder, a small organ below the liver. The gallstones can range in size from a grain of sand to a golf ball and cause severe pain in the upper belly or behind the belly button. Your chances are higher if you have diabetes or Crohn’s disease, diabetes or don’t exercise.

Acute Pancreatitis

It is inflammation of the pancreas that makes enzymes and hormones such as insulin which help with digestion. It is caused by heavy drinking, kind of fat called as triglycerides and high levels of calcium. It causes nausea, stomach pain, fever and vomiting and can be lfe threatening. Seek immediate medical help if you have these symptoms.

Broken Bones

Although it can happen at any age, as you become older the bones will become brittle and hence they are more likely to break. Bone loss is known as osteoporosis which is common among older women.

Vertigo   

If you suddenly find yourself dizzy, you might have vertigo. As you get older, the tiny crystals in your inner ear that helps you control your balance aren’t held in place. The doctor can treat it with a series of head movement that move those particles back into place.

Detached Retina

If the retina, a light-sensitive layer in the eye which tells the brain what you see, pulls away from the outer wall of the eye, it won’t get oxygen and others things it needs. You may see flashes or light or floating specks. See a doctor right away since you may permanently lose your eyesight. It is more common in people who are very near-sighted or have had cataract surgery or other eye diseases.

Kidney Stones

These hard clumps are made of calcium which may often pass harmlessly out of your body. However, larger ones are extremely painful and cause infections or bleeding or block the flow of urine. They are more common in men than women.

Pneumonia

People above 50 are at increased risk of kind of pneumonia caused by bacteria called pneumococcal pneumonia which is life-threatening. Older people are more likely to get it since their immune system gets weaker as they age.

Spinal Stenosis

Although spinal stenosis develops slowly, but it can make itself known suddenly. This occurs when the channel in the backbone which holds spinal cord and other nerves narrows due to arthritis. The nerves can be squeezed or pinched and causes numbness, pain or cramps in the lower neck or back.

Gout

This condition shows up with sudden pain and swelling on one of the joints. It is a form of arthritis caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body.

Pulmonary Embolism

When a blood clot gets stuck in the blood vessel in one of the lungs, pulmonary embolism happens. People of 50 and above are at higher risks. Get medical help faster, if you have chest pain dizziness and sudden shortness of breath, leg pains, bloody cough, clammy or bluish skin.

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