Heart attack symptoms
Heart attack occurs when a blood clot hinders the supply of blood to heart, in coronary artery.
This is a blood vessel which supplies oxygenated blood to heart tissues. The heart tissues are special kind of tissues which do not suffer from fatigue. They continuously pump blood to whole body from the birth of a person till his death. These cardiac muscles are only present in heart and cannot be found in any other part of body.
These muscles being extremely strong and fatigue-less on one side also have a weakness. They cannot bear the shortage of blood supply for a long time. Even stopping blood supply for only one second can prove fatal to them. This stopping of supply to heart muscles can cause damage or can completely destroy the part of heart which is referred to as heart attack. There are number of small and big heart attack symptoms, most of which are given below.
It is commonly thought that heart attack has only one symptom and which is chest pain. This is not true as there are number of heart attack symptoms and these symptoms vary from person to person. According to research, one third of the people who had a heart attack did not felt chest pain of any sort.
It is not necessary that every heart attack is sudden and followed by extreme chest pain. There are cases when heart attack has a mild pain and discomfort. In other cases there are no heart attack sensations at all. The type of heart attacks which occur without any symptom or very mild type of symptoms, are known as silent heart attacks.
Among many heart attack symptoms the most common symptom is chest pain. The pain can be severe or mild. Mostly the pain is in center or left side of the chest which can last for several minutes. Along with the chest pain, many people feel uncomfortable and this discomfort may come up like pressure or pain in chest.
One should know that there is a difference between chest pain and chest discomfort. Discomfort should not be mixed with pain. Discomfort may sometimes feel like indigestion and anxiety. The difference between discomfort and indigestion is the position of affected area. In discomfort the affected region is chest.
Other attack symptoms include:
1) Discomfort in upper body
The patient may feel discomfort in either one or both of his or her arms, in neck, jaws or back.
2) Breath problem
In this case patient feels shortness of breath which may occur along with chest discomfort or before it.
Other symptoms include nausea, sudden dizziness or light headedness, sudden cold sweat and vomiting. Beside this a person may suffer from sleeping issues, lack of energy and fatigue. These symptoms are mostly seen in women. One should never wait for symptoms to become worse or wait for them to wear off. If someone is having a heart attack abnormality then he or she should not wait for more than five minutes to contact a heart specialist.