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Important Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Never Ignore These Heart Attack Facts

According to the website of Government of Canada, 1.37 million Canadians suffer from heart attack annually and 49,000 die from them. It is considered as one of the leading causes of mortality in the country, and the most devastating finding is that these deaths occur outside the hospital. This only means that heart attack-related deaths happen even before an individual can seek emergency medical services.

Aside from knowing your risks, another way to reduce the likelihood of having a heart attack is to recognize its warning signs early on. There are symptoms that can occur for days or weeks before a heart attack episode so it is really necessary to know what they are.

Heart Attack Warning Signs To Watch Out For

  • Breathing problems – Feeling of breathlessness, panting, or increasing heart rate while doing usual activities – like walking up and down the stairs, sitting, and talking – can be a sign of heart distress. Although these symptoms can also be related with asthma, panic attacks and other pulmonary conditions, if the shortness of breathing starts slow, becomes more intense and associated with non-chest pains, it should not be ignored, because it can be related with an episode of heart attack. Take note that breathing problems associated with pulmonary conditions usually pass away after a couple of minutes. Chest Discomfort or Pain
  • Pain not associated with the chest – Signs of heart distress aside from chest pain include, burning, pressure, tingling, numbing, aching, or tightening of the muscles in the shoulders, back, throat, jaw, ears, around the neck and arms. These kinds of pain are constant, usually do not go away, and become more intense over time.
  • Unusual or extreme fatigue – Heart attack warning signs involve being fatigued (hot flashes for women, cold sweats and general body malaise) for no apparent reason at all. Some victims claim that they have experienced this kind of fatigue even if they are not doing anything.
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness – This is a more obvious warning sign of heart attack. A dizzy or lightheaded sensation might mean that not enough blood is going to the brain, because there is also insufficient blood supply going to the heart. Never ignore this one, especially if you feel this in combination with the first three mentioned symptoms above.
  • Chest Discomfort – This is the hallmark sign of a heart attack. Persistent chest pain that does not disappear and usually felt below the breastbone is experienced by victims of heart attack.

Never ignore these symptoms as it can save you or someone’s life from a heart attack. Check out our site for more information about first aid courses.

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Sources:

“12 Heart Symptoms Never to Ignore.” WebMD. Retrieved online on August 15, 2014 from http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/12-possible-heart-symptoms-never-to-ignore

“Heart Disease – Heart Health.” Government of Canada. Retrieved online on August 15, 2014 from http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/disease-maladie/heart-disease-eng.php

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