Heart Attack – Warning Signs And Symptoms

Our heart is the main part of our body which regularly pumps blood to all over the body. When a heart attack occurs, the blood flow of the heart is blocked which leads to heart attack. This blockage is usually buildup due to years of stored fats, cholesterol, and other substances, which leads to the formation of plaque in the arteries. This plaque breaks suddenly and forms a clot. This interrupted blood flow will destroy a part of the heart muscle.

Immediately call 911 or your family member inside your house, to help if you think you might be having a heart attack.


Symptoms of Heart Attack

People who have heart attacks do not experience similar symptoms. Some people experience mild pain while others have more severe pain. Some people experience sudden cardiac arrest while some experience no symptoms. Keep in mind that the more signs and symptoms you have, there is more probability that you are having a heart attack. It is better to know the symptoms of a heart attack.

Sometimes people do not feel any kind of symptoms or mild symptom, such attacks are known as silent heart attack. As patients do not know about the attack, they might ignore it and do not take proper medication. As it continues, the heart function gets reduced permanently due to more extensive damage to the heart muscle. In such cases, Death might occur.

Common heart attack signs and symptoms are –

  • A squeezing sensation in your chest or arms which might spread to your neck, jaw or back.
  • Cold sweat
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn, indigestion, or abdominal pain
  • Lightheadedness or sudden dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Pressure, tightness, pain in the chest
  • Shortness of breath

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Warning Signs of Heart Attack –

Sometimes heart attacks will give you warning signs and symptoms in just a few hours, days or weeks before the attack whereas sometimes it strikes suddenly. The earliest warning sign can be recurrent chest pain or pressure which occurred due to exertion and a temporary decrease in blood flow to the heart but it can be relieved by rest. This is known as angina.

  • Sweating
  • Feeling of illness
  • Upper back pain (shoulder blades)

The upper back occurs due to pain from a heart attack. This pain occurs between the shoulder blades.


  • Arm pain (arms, chest, and shoulders up to wrist and fingers)

The heart attack can spread, on one or both arms, chest and shoulders up to wrist and fingers. This usually occurs on the left side of the body but it can also occur on the right side.

  • Chest, head, jaw, and tooth pain

Chest pain which lasts not more than a few minutes, or it may go away and then return. It can spread down the chest, head, jaw, and tooth pain. It might feel like you hear “skips” a beat.

  • Skin rashes or unusual spots
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Swollen legs, ankles and feet
  • Stomach pain, or pain in the middle of the upper abdomen, the discomfort of heaviness
  • Heartburn and/or indigestion
  • You skin appears with a bluish tint and becomes paler

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