Is It a Heart Attack?

Heart Attack StackA heart attack is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. Without blood flow, heart tissue will be damaged or die. While there are common heart attack warning signs, it is important to note that not all people experience the same symptoms. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. Others happen slowly, with mild pain, or with discomfort that comes and goes over several hours. Sometimes heart attacks can happen without any pain at all.

Possible Signs of Heart Disease

Often, if you have heart disease, you may not notice a problem. Here are signs to watch for:

  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Chest or arm pain or discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling very tired
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
  • Shortness of breath

Talk with your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms. Your physician will take a medical history, do a physical exam, and may order lab or imaging tests.

Common Heart Attack Symptoms

Warning signs of heart attack include:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as the upper body, arms, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath at rest or after minimal physical activity, with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweats, nausea, vomiting, or lightheadedness

Female Heart Attack Signs

heart attack stack previousWomen may experience different warning signs than men, and female symptoms may be more subtle. They include:

  • Unexplained fatigue, weakness, or dizziness
  • Feeling breathless with normal activities, such as washing dishes or making beds, with or without pain or discomfort
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feelings of anxiety or impending doom
  • Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort that mimics indigestion
  • Flu-like symptoms – nausea, clamminess, or cold sweats

What to Do if You Have a Heart Attack

If you think you are having a heart attack:

  • Do not delay
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Do NOT drive yourself to the hospital, and do not have a loved one drive you
  • Emergency medical services staff (EMS) that come to your home have medicine and other tools needed to begin your care while you are being transported
  • EMS will alert the hospital about your condition, so that treatment can begin faster once you arrive
  • Chew one regular aspirin (Do not do this if you are allergic to aspirin)
  • Wait for the ambulance to come to you

Premier Health is Here for You

Whether you need cardiac emergency services, outpatient medical imaging or lab work, preventive services, or an advanced procedure, Premier Health is here for you.

Don’t Give Your Heart to Just Anyone. Trust Premier Health.

With as much compassion as we have commitment, facilities located throughout the region, and an extensive physician network Premier Health offers award-winning, quality close to home. That’s how Premier Health is leading in heart and vascular care. For more information about our cardiovascular services and programs call (937) 499-7472(937) 499-7472.

Content Updated: January 11, 2018

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