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Urgent Care Reports: Heart Attacks Symptoms

First Med Urgent Care: Heart attacks

A heart attack happens if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked. Most heart attacks occur as a result of coronary heart disease (CHD). This is a condition in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside of the coronary arteries. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis. A less common cause of heart attack is a severe tightening (spasm) of a coronary artery. The spasm cuts off blood flow through the artery.

According to a Heart Health publication, found on WebMd, there are some slightly different signs of a heart attack for men than there are for women. More specifically, when a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men.

We value your health at First Med Urgent Care and we want to enlighten our patients with information about the heart attack symptoms. The most common heart attack symptoms among most men are:

1.) Crushing chest pain or discomfort
2.) Discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
3.) Shortness of breath
4.) Suddenly breaking into a cold and profuse sweat
5.) Nausea
6.) Sudden onset of symptoms

As with men, women often feel some of these same heart attack symptoms, but there can be some additional symptoms for women. The most common heart attack symptoms for most women are:

1.) Crushing chest pain or discomfort
2.) Pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
3.) Nausea, dizziness or suddenly feeling fatigued
4.) Cold sweating and/or flu-like symptoms
5.) Shortness of breath
6.) Feelings of indigestion or heartburn
7.) Sudden onset of symptoms OR symptoms for days

Responding rapidly in response to heart attack symptoms can save lives. About half the people who die from heart attacks do so within the first hour after heart attack symptoms begin. If you see someone who appears to be having a heart attack, call 911 right away. While waiting for paramedics, try to keep the person calm, and have them sit or lie down. If the person is not allergic to aspirin, have them chew and swallow aspirin. If the person stops breathing, you or someone else who is qualified should perform CPR immediately. If you don’t know CPR, the 911 operator can assist you until the emergency medical service personnel arrive.