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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