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A heart attack doesn't always strike out of the blue. Often, there are unusual symptoms in the days and weeks leading up to an attack.
It's not surprising that many people don't recognize these symptoms, however, since some of them may not be ones you expect, in fact, some are actually quite strange indeed.
So, what are some of these strange symptoms, which you should be aware of?
1. Jaw, Ear, Neck, or Shoulder Pain
Sharp pain in the chest and arm is an indicator of heart attack, however you may instead feel pain in your neck or shoulder area. Another area where pain is experienced is between the shoulder blades.
One way to know it's not just muscle pain, is if the pain comes and goes, rather than persisting unrelieved.
If you notice the pain seems to move around, it's important to talk to your doctor.
2. Exhaustion or Fatigue
We all get tired from time to time, but if you have experienced crushing or extreme fatigue in t...
For years we have been taught the warning signs of a heart attack and what we are now learning is that these are great for men. Will someone do an article about how women's symptoms are very different and often overlooked by doctors? This is an excellent and very current question that has not been well studied, although there has been much talk about the subject for years. From a historical perspective it is our society’s fault. The societal fault is complex. I still run into the "politically correct" police at times, and last year actually got told that the name of a lecture that I was giving, “Women are not just little men when it comes to heart disease,” was inappropriate. Somehow, someone thought that discussing the differences between men and women was “sexist” in some manner. We have to get over some silly ideas. Our country has been among the slowest to advance to the point that as many women as men became doctors. Likewise, we “protected” women ...
Alternative Names Myocardial infarction; MI; Acute MI; ST-elevation myocardial infarction; non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction Symptoms Chest pain is a major symptom of heart attack. You may feel the pain in only one part of your body, or it may move from your chest to your arms, shoulder, neck, teeth, jaw, belly area, or back. The pain can be severe or mild. It can feel like: A tight band around the chest Bad indigestion Something heavy sitting on your chest Squeezing or heavy pressure The pain usually lasts longer than 20 minutes. Rest and a medicine called nitroglycerin may not completely relieve the pain of a heart attack. Symptoms may also go away and come back. Other symptoms of a heart attack include: Anxiety Cough Fainting Light-headedness, dizziness Nausea or vomiting Palpitations (feeling like your heart is beating too fast or irregularly) Shortness of breath Sweating , which may be extreme Some people (the elderly, people with diabetes, and women) may have little or no chest pain. Or, they ...
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