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Signs of Heart Attack | How to tell know if you have a Heart Attack

BY: JoJustin | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2010-02-22

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Heart attacks are common in many people and it causes a lot of difficulty in the person. The person who has had a heart attack has various problems. Immediate identification of the heart attack is very important. Similarly, the person has to also have medical care as soon as possible in case of a heart attack. This makes it very important for early identification of the signs of an attack. There are certain warning signs that are present before the person suffers from a heart attack. The ability to identify these signs and take appropriate treatment measures may even help to save the life of the person.

1. Chest discomfort:

This is one of the most common signs of the impending heart attack. There are many people who have heart attacks after a period of time when they have some kind of chest discomfort. The person is not able to have a normal lifestyle. There could be a limitation in the activity of the person due to the chest discomfort. The duration of the discomfort could be anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

2. Discomfort or pain in other areas of the body:

The person might have some discomfort or mild pain in other parts of the body too. This is usually called as referred pain. This pain usually occurs in the arms of the person or it could also occur in the shoulders or the back. All these could be signs of an impending heart attack.

3. Shortness of breath:

There are many people who have been limited in their activities by the shortness of breath just before an attack. This is a very difficult aspect of the attack because the person does not seem to be able to breathe normally and sometimes the person gasps for taking a breath, especially after doing an activity.

4. Anxiety:

The various signs of the heart attack can cause the person to feel as if the world is going to end. The person may also feel as if a great danger is lurking. All these feelings are seen in people immediately before they have a heart attack.

5. Light headedness:

The person may feel light headed and faint just before the person has a heart attack. The reason for this is that there is a sudden variation in the blood pressure and also the Oxygen supply. All these variations that occur suddenly cause the person to have the feeling of light headedness just before a heart attack.

6. Sweating:

Sweating is commonly seen in many people. The reason for this is that as the person has a heart attack, there is a sudden change in the various functions of the body. Other than this, the inability of the person to breathe, the pain associated with the heart attack, the anxiety related to the attack and the fear of death all cause the person to have increased sweating.

These are some of the most common signs that are seen in a person who is about to have a heart attack.

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