The leading cause of death in the US is the heart attack. 25 percent of the deaths are because of heart attacks which outranks cancer as the number 1 killer. Smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are the three major causes of heart attack. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), there are five conditions that increase the risk of heart attack. Those are excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity and overweight and diabetics.
About ½ of the heart attack cases occur outside the hospital and the key in survival is the early detection. A CDC study shows that 92 percent of the respondents recognized the discomfort in the chest as a heart attack symptom. Only 27 percent were aware of the symptoms and react when someone was having a heart attack.
Here are some heart attack symptoms:
This is the most common symptom and it comes in many different forms. Some feel chest pressure and some feel pinching or burning. These feeling can happen during resting or physical activity. You should consult a doctor immediately if there is strange sensation in the chest. There can be no feeling of chest discomfort and still have heart attack, as it is common in women.
Sudden feeling of fatigue could be a symptom of heart attack incoming. The heart needs to work harder because the arteries start to close and it can make even the simple tasks exhausting. It can make you feel like you need more naps during the day and sleeping linger hours at night.
*Long-lasting cold symptoms*
Having cold symptoms that last for long time can be a sign of heart attack. The heart struggles with supplying blood to the body and it can result in leaking blood back to the lungs. Notice if there is pink or white mucus with the cough as it can be a byproduct of blood leakage.
As the heart struggles to pump blood for the body, the veins can start to swell and cause bloating effect. The swell points are the legs, ankles and feet as they are the farthest from the heart. It’s possible to observe peripheral cyanosis, a blue tinge shown in the extremities or lips.
As the circulation of blood is restricted with weakened heart, the brain can’t receive the needed amount of oxygen. This can cause constant dizziness or light headed and it is a great concern and you should seek for medical attention as soon as possible.
*Shortness of breath*
Shortness of breath is another major sign of having a heart attack. The lungs and the heart work in unison and as the heat starts to work poorly, the lungs do not get the needed oxygen amount. This is causing difficulty in breathing and it should be treated immediately.
All of the symptoms can occur up to a month in advance and that it is why it is important to learn about them and know to recognize them. If you feel combination or just one of the symptoms, you should seek for medical help immediately. In this way you will protect yourself.