In many cases, your body is able to tell you that something is wrong. A
respiratory infection can cause congestion and dehydration can cause dizziness,
for instance. But quite often, patients report symptoms of serious medical
problems that they had mistaken for being symptoms of a far less severe
condition. This may be the case for some heart attack patients, especially
when those patients are women. At Westside Regional Medical Center, our
cardiac care team encourages our neighbors to become aware of the signs and symptoms
of heart attack. Early intervention is crucial for saving lives and reducing
permanent damage to the heart muscle.
Unusual Pain or Discomfort
classic sign of a heart attack is chest pain, pressure, or the sensation of heaviness. But many heart
attack patients never experience chest pain or they may suffer from pain
that extends from the chest to other areas. A heart attack can cause pain
or discomfort of the upper back and shoulders, jaw, arms, and upper abdomen.
Some heart attack survivors mistake the upper abdominal pain for being
a sign of heartburn or indigestion.
Shortness of Breath
A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery is blocked, which cuts off
the blood supply to the heart. This places the heart under considerable
stress. As a result, heart attack patients may develop unusual shortness
of breath, such as respiration difficulties that occur despite the absence
of physical activity. Some individuals may report fatigue and shortness
of breath in the days or weeks leading up to a heart attack.
It’s possible for a patient to mistake the signs of a heart attack
as indicating a flu or similar ailment. Bouts of recurrent nausea and
perhaps vomiting may be indicative of heart trouble, particularly when
accompanied by lightheadedness, cold sweats, chest pain, and other symptoms
of a heart attack.
Westside Regional Medical Center is pleased to provide a comprehensive Cardiovascular Program for residents
of Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas. From emergency care to cardiac
rehabilitation, our cardiac care providers are committed to saving lives
through rapid, protocols-driven interventions. For medical emergencies,
please call 911 immediately. Call (954) 722-9933 to speak with a registered
nurse about general healthcare information.