17 million people die of cardiovascular disease (CVDs) every year. The main driver behind these deaths is that heart-attack victims unknowingly ignore the warnings signs and don't seek help when it's too late. Don't take that risk. Seek treatment as soon as you spot these four warning signs.
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is totally blocked and the heart does not receive enough oxygen. Although the heart is still beating during a heart attack, the heart cells begin to die. The more time that passes without treatment, the greater the damage.
Luckily, you can reduce your risk of a heart attack, if you know how to spot the signs and seek treatment sooner.
Four symptoms of a heart attack
Discomfort that occurs in the center of your chest and lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. This can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of your upper body. This includes pain in one or both arms or in your back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
Shortness of breath. According to How to Fight Heart Disease and Win, this often occurs at the same time as chest discomfort, but can also occur before chest discomfort. Women tend to experience it more often than men do.
Other symptoms: A cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness may also occur.
Keep in mind that, many heart attacks start slowly, such as with a mild pain or slight discomfort.
The symptoms may come and go and if you’ve already had a heart attack, you may experience different symptoms to the ones listed above the second time around.
While this may be the case, the important thing is to seek treatment as soon as possible. After, all prevention is better than cure.
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