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World Heart Day 2018: What are the signs and symptoms of a silent heart attack?

World Heart Day 2018: What are the signs and symptoms of a silent heart attack?

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Sep 2018 12:40 PM GMT

World Heart Day is observed on every September 29. This one day is meant to create awareness about heart health. And also to understand how important it is to take care of the heart.

On this World Heart Day let us talk about heart attack and how even the most tin of symptoms need to be taken seriously if this happens to be a case of heart attack. When a person gets a heart attack, every second matter. The fast you take action, the enhanced it is to treat it and prevent it from getting fatal. In order to detect the symptoms of a mild heart attack, it is important for you to know the common signs and symptoms.

However, symptoms of heart attack may vary in both severity and type. Few-heart attack tends to be mild and also they come slowly over a course of several hours, others may be intense or sudden.

One of the most common symptoms of heart attack is chest pain. But this chest pain may grow steadily and can come and go. Sometimes it also gets worse with exertion and likewise, it may get better if taken rest.

Nevertheless, it is not something everyone experiences. Always Chest pain may not occur during a heart attack. According to the The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about one-third of the people with heart attacks experienced no chest pain. Mostly adults of old age and diabetic people are more likely to experience the heart attack without chest pain.

Also, the symptoms of the heart attack differ for both men and women. The range of symptoms too varies in both men and women. At the same time, the number of symptoms one has, the more likely one may have chanced a heart attack.

Some common symptoms of heart attack are cold sweat or clammy skin, vomiting and nausea, sleeping disturbance, light-headedness, sudden dizziness, heart flutter, coughing and anxiety (generally in women) etc.

As stated earlier heart attack has various symptoms or it might not always cause obvious symptoms. This type of Heart Attack is called Silent heart attack; which is mostly seen in women than men.

Silent heart attack signs last just for a short duration of time. These symptoms are soft in nature. Symptoms include discomfort in the back, jaw, neck, stomach, and arms, cold sweat, light-headedness, nausea and shortness of breath.

Chest pain

Chest Pain is the first common symptom of heart attack. Chest pain in case of the heart attack can range from mild to severe. This pain makes one feel heavy pressure, fullness, tightness, squeezing or crushing.

Shortness of breath

A heart attack may give you trouble in breathing. It may give one the sensation of being winded when you are resting. Even very slight activity could make you feel breathless. Shortness of breath is the second most common symptom of the heart attack following chest pain.

Discomfort in the upper body

Pain and discomfort in arms, neck, back, the upper part of your stomach - just above the belly button, could be a symptom of heart attack. At times, the pain begins in your chest and may spread to other parts of your upper body.

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