Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. During a heart attack, a blood clot blocks the blood flow to the heart, causing damage to tissues or even death. Learning to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack will give you the knowledge you need to act quickly in an emergency situation and get yourself or your loved one the necessary cardiac care.
Chest Pain or Upper Body Pain
Chest pain or discomfort is one of the best known symptoms of a heart attack because it is also the most common symptom. Many heart attack patients report feeling as though there is a weight on their chest or a rope squeezing them from behind. If you do feel any form of chest pain that you don’t understand, don’t wait for it to go away on its own—visit the emergency room immediately.
Upper Body Pain
Chest pain is not the only type of upper body pain associated with heart attacks. Some patients have reported pain or stiffness in the jaw, neck, upper back, and even the arms or hands during a heart attack.
Heart attacks can also cause feelings of abdominal discomfort. Women in particular are more likely to report feelings of nausea, indigestion, or acid reflux. In some cases, heart attacks can cause stomach pain and vomiting.
Heart attacks may cause feelings of fatigue, particularly in the days leading up to a cardiac event. Just before or during a heart attack, you may also feel as though you cannot catch your breath, even while sitting still.
Englewood Community Hospital is proud to provide the Englewood area with fast, effective heart attack care, including tissue plasminogen activator and percutaneous coronary intervention. You can find out more about cardiac care at our 100-bed acute care hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (888) 658-1598. Take a look through our website for more information about our hospital services and calendar of events.