How It Happens A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked due to fatty material building up in the arteries and eventually closing them off. This process is called atherosclerosis , or “hardening of the arteries.” As a result, the heart becomes badly damaged due to tissue death from lack of oxygen. Common Symptoms Chest Pain, usually radiating toward the left shoulder and arm. The arm may be tingling or numb. Nausea, vomiting Cold sweats, shortness of breath and lightheadedness Feeling of indigestion Dizziness, weakness, and fainting Abdominal pain If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, call 911 or contact your emergency response system immediately. Learn more about heart attack symptoms. Why It Happens There are many contributing factors that can to heart attack. Some factors can be controlled, such as lifestyle choices, including: Cholesterol Blood pressure Exercise Healthy Diet Smoking Controlling other health conditions ...
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...
Lisa Nelson RD #2: For women the signs of a heart attack are more subtle. What should women watch for? If everyone responded to every arm/jaw/chest/indigestion/feeling "not quite right" symptom, they'd never leave the ER!
Dr. Shelby-Lane: The female heart often is misdiagnosed.
True or false: Every year, more women die of heart disease than men.
The answer is true, but if you didn't know it, you're not the only one. In a survey of 500 physicians led by preventative cardiologist Lori Mosca, M.D, Ph.D., less than 20 percent knew the answer.
When it comes to women and heart disease , ignorance can be deadly. The misconception that heart disease is a "man's disease" is the main reason women are misdiagnosed, or receive delayed treatment, when experiencing symptoms of heart disease and even a heart attack .
Consider these findings:
In a recent study at Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 230 physici...
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