What If There Is No Chest Pain? Recognizing the Less-Common Symptoms of a Heart Attack
What if you were having a heart attack, but had no chest pain? Would you recognize the other symptoms?
Most people associate a heart attack with chest pain and the commonly used expression of " feeling like there's an elephant on my chest." However, during a preliminary study conducted between 1994 and 2006 of over 1 million heart attack patients, 31% of the men and 42% of the women did not report chest pain during their heart attack.
Not recognizing all the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, particularly for women, can lead people to delay their medical care.
Chest pain and discomfort are still the hallmark symptoms for a heart attack, but these other symptoms shouldn't be ignored:
Signals of a possible heart attack include:
- chest pain, discomfort, tightness or pressure
- arm, shoulder, neck or jaw pain
- sudden onset of shortness of breath
- sudden light headedness, fainting, sweating or nausea
- sense of impending doom
If you are experiencing any of these signs...
TAKE ACTION NOW! Don't deny. Don't delay. Dial 911.
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