If you think may be experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack,
do not wait to see if they go away. If you experience discomfort or
pain in the chest, unusual shortness of breath (especially if you
are a woman), heart palpitations, discomfort in the arms, back,
neck or jaw, bluish fingernails, nausea (women) or lightheadedness,
or have another condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure,
call 911 immediately and ask for an ambulance.
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What to Do If You Think You Are Having a Heart
Call 9-1-1 immediately. Tell the operator you think you are
having a heart attack. The first three to six hours after the onset
of a heart attack are critical. It is important to get medical
attention at once. Delaying medical attention can lead to permanent
damage to the he...
CHF; Congestive heart failure; Left-sided heart failure; Right-sided heart failure - Cor pulmonale
Symptoms of heart failure most often begin slowly. At first, they may only occur when you are very active. Over time, breathing problems and other symptoms may be noticed even when you are resting.
However, heart failure symptoms may begin suddenly after a heart attack or other heart problem.
Common symptoms are:
Shortness of breath
with activity, or after lying down for a while
Swelling of feet
Swelling of the abdomen
Irregular or rapid pulse
Sensation of feeling the heart beat ( palpitations )
Loss of appetite
Other symptoms may include:
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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