More than a million Americans have heart attacks each year. (WebMD.com) A heart attack occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. If blood flow isn't restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die. There are some excellent treatments available for heart attacks, but they work best when given right after symptoms occur. (National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute)
Heart attack symptoms may vary widely among individuals and by gender. Did you know that men and women often experience different symptoms when having a heart attack? Men often, but not always, experience the classic warning signs of a heart attack.
Classic Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
- Uncomfortable, sporadic pressure, fullness or squeezing in the center of the chest
- Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
- Shortness of breath, lightheadedness, fainting, sweating or nausea.
Trigger: Men most often report physical exertion prior to heart attacks
Women may experience the classic symptoms but they are often milder and more commonly experience other symptoms as listed below.
Other Common Signs of a Heart Attack
- Back of neck pain
- Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
- Palpitations, cold sweats or paleness
- Mild flu-like symptoms
Trigger: Women most often report emotional stress prior to heart attacks.
When you recognize the symptoms of a heart attack be sure to act quickly and seek medical attention and call 9-1-1 immediately. If you or someone you know is recovering from a heart attack or any illness that requires home care, contact Synergy HomeCare. Synergy HomeCare provides a wide range of non-medical services for the City of Orange, Anaheim, Placentia, Silverado, and most cities in North Orange County.