Heart attack is also called as myocardial infarction. This happens when the blood supply to the heart is obstructed, thus making the heart cells to die, and eventually the heart. Heart attacks seldom occur suddenly, rather they come around the corner slowly, often with ample warning signals to the affected person.
On most times, recognizing these warning signals can be the difference between life and death. There is also a general misconception that women are not at much risk to get a heart attack. The truth is that hundreds of thousands of women die every year due to a heart attack or a cardio vascular disease of any kind.
Timely recognition and treatment is of ultimate priority in heart attack cases. Here’s how to recognize signs of a heart attack.
1) The most common warning sign or symptom is of chest pain. This discomfort in the chest area may last a few minutes and come back again. Many people dismiss this as a gastric problem. This is one of the chief lapses in judgment in the event of an impending heart attack. Due to this many people have lost their lives. Chest pain can be in the form of sudden sensation of tightness in the chest area, pressure or squeezing sensation.
2) The chest pain can radiate on to the left arm. There could be discomfort in both the arms as well including the back, neck, jaw, or stomach. There could be sudden numbness in the face, arms or legs. Speech could be affected, by way of speaking haphazardly. There could also be a loss of sense of balance and direction, and dizziness.
3) Nausea and shortness of breath is another symptom. The patient will experience trouble when breathing in and out. Due to this the patient may sweat, and experience giddiness.
4) There could be sudden loss of response to stimuli, like not responding when poked with a sharp pin.
So the above are the common signs of an impending heart attack, and the above warnings have to be taken cognizance of to prevent it.