It may be alarming for you to know but like other diseases, heart attacks have early signs & symptoms. Over 50% of patients feel these early heart attack (EHA) beginnings. But you don’t have to worry, once recognized in time, these beginning signs and symptoms can be treated before the heart is damaged.
What are the early signs and symptoms?
You may feel just one, all or none of the symptoms. Initially, they are mild or might disappear also. With time it may increase in, leading to death.
- Specific symptoms may include fullness, discomfort, burning or aching in the chest.
- Non-specific symptoms involve sweating, anxiety, dizziness, weakness or nausea.
- In Diabetics, a Heart attack can present as sudden shortness of breath, palpitations, and dizziness. Chest pain is not experienced by approximately 50% of diabetic patients.
What are the risk factors?
- A family history of cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Overweight or obese
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Using tobacco products
- Metabolic disease, diabetes or other illnesses
For women, it can also include birth control pills, a history of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or having a low birth weight baby
What is the difference between men vs. women?
Women are less likely to seek immediate medical care and are more likely to die.
The following are the different symptoms seen in men and women:
- Men normally feel pain and numbness in the left arm or side of the chest, but in women, these symptoms may appear on the right side.
- Women may feel completely exhausted, drained, dizzy or nauseous.
- Women may feel upper back pain that travels up into their jaw.
- Women may think their stomach pain is the flu, heartburn or an ulcer.
What are ATYPICAL PRESENTATIONS?
In an atypical presentation, you may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest. Instead, you may experience a sharp or “knife-like” pain that occurs with coughing or breathing and spreads above the jawbone or into the lower body. Along with it, you may feel difficult or labored breathing.
What is EHAC (Early Heart Attack Care)?
The Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) program is designed to educate the public to the earliest warning signs of a heart attack.
Learn the signs well in time and help combat the heart attack.