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Heart Disease

This section focuses on the subject of heart disease.

Signs of a Heart Attack: Pay attention to What You Don't Pay Attention to

Signs of a Heart Attack

Signs of a heart attack are something no one likes to think about. They can come on suddenly, without warning, and bring grief to you and your entire family. Even though symptoms may seem sudden, there are warning signs for heart attacks that you should make yourself aware of. In fact, many of these symptoms are physical “pains” that you normally wouldn’t give a second thought to.

These “pains” are often ones we wouldn’t associate with a heart attack. A recent publishing by the Journal of American Heart Institute reported that 95% of women who had a signs of a heart attack in the previous year reported physical symptoms that weren’t related to any chest pain. Since most of these symptoms went unrecognized, physicians are encouraging that we pay more attention to these symptoms, as they may be a sign of a heart attack.

Nausea and Indigestion

One of the symptoms that many people wouldn’t relate to a heart attack is nausea and stomach pain. This stomach pain can range from mild indigestion to very severe nausea, cramping, and vomiting. Other people even experience a cramping ache in their upper belly. People who are most likely to experience this cramping are men and women over the age of 60, who aren’t likely to recognize that these symptoms have to do with cardiac health.

One way to monitor your stomach health is to make sure you are eating foods with the proper nutrition. Many cases of indigestion are caused because your stomach can’t deal with certain foods. In order to stay healthy and to familiarize yourself with signs of a heart attack, it is important that you eat less of these foods that cause you pain, and pay more attention to your dietary nutrition.

Also, be aware of, and monitor, your digestive habits. If something seems out of the ordinary, make sure you take action and go to a doctor for consultation. Paying more attention to your digestive habits could help save your life.

Pain in Different Places

A sharp pain in the chest, arm, or shoulder is the pain most associated with a heart attack, but not everyone experiences this pain in the same way.

Instead of experiencing a sharp pain in one particular area, this pain could start in the neck and shoulder area, and then feel like it’s running along your jaw and up by your ear. Many people who have experienced a heart attack even report feeling this type of pain between their shoulder blades.

How do you know if this pain is one of the signs of a heart attack? A sure sign is that the pain keeps coming and going, rather than consistently staying unrelieved. Pain that is usually consistent has to do with a pulled muscle, and isn’t usually associated with heart attack symptoms. If your pain comes and goes, this is usually a sign of something more serious.

This coming and going of pain could be in your neck one day, gone the next day, and then in your ear or jaw the day after that. If you notice this type of “traveling” pain, it is important that you bring this to your doctor’s attention.

By paying attention to these otherwise, “harmless” symptoms, you could help save your life without even knowing it.

Written By bistroMD Team. Published on November 07, 2012. Updated on November 03, 2014.


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