Know The Early Signs Of A Heart Attack Your Life Could Depend On It

December 12, 2006 by  

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By Mike Herman

Learn these important early signs of a heart attack to make sure you get help early before more damage occurs. Successful recovery for heart attack victims depends heavily on early treatment.

The first hour after signs of a heart attack begin is known in the medical community as the golden hour. The chances of recovery greatly improve if treatment begins within this first hour.

Still many people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should. Many people have the mistaken impression that a heart attack will have strong and violent signs. They incorrectly think that there will be no doubt as to what is happening. In most cases, that is far from the truth.

Beginning Signs Of A Heart Attack

Yes, there are a few heart attacks that are sudden and intense. There’s no question about what’s happening. In most cases, heart attacks begin slowly. Mild pain or discomfort is the only sign. This causes people to wait too long before they get help.

Its important to realize that pain and discomfort is your body’s way of alerting you that something is not right. Its important to pay attention to your body and act quickly especially if heart attack is even a remote possibility. Memorize the common early signs of a heart attack so you can make sure you and your friends and family get the help they need quickly.

Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes is one sign of a heart attack. This pain can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. It can come and go.

Areas of the upper body can also experience pain during the beginning of a heart attack. This includes both arms, the neck, the jaw, or the stomach.

Shortness of breath is another early sign of a heart attack. It can occur with or without chest pain. Cold sweat, nausea, and lightheadedness can also be present in the beginning of a heart attack.

Its important to act quickly. If you or someone you know has any of the above symptoms don’t hesitate call 911 or get to a hospital as quickly as possible.

It’s much better to get checked and find out another its another cause than to ignore symptoms and find out later its a heart attack. Don’t be concerned about being embarrassed if there’s nothing wrong.

It’s much better to get checked than to risk damage to your heart or even death.

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