Heartburn or Heart attack?

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Heartburn or Heart attack?

Postby gardenlaw » Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:27 pm

We like to think we would recognise the symptoms of a heart attack and act on it. We do think of chest pain but there are other less well known indicators. The first 90 minutes are vital but research in the USA shows that men wait on average 150 minutes and women longer. That is even if you recognise the symptoms. The following may give you some pointers

"Heart Attack Warning Signs
The common or 'classic' symptoms of a heart attack include:

•Pain in the centre of the chest
•Chest pain which spreads to the arms, neck or jaw
•Chest pain and feeling sick or sweaty
•Chest pain and shortness of breath
The less commons symptoms of a heart attack include:

•A dull pain, ache, or ‘heavy’ feeling in the chest
•A mild discomfort in the chest that makes you feel generally unwell
•A pain in your chest that can spread to the back or stomach
•A chest pain that feels like a bad episode of indigestion
•Feeling light-headed or dizzy as well as having chest pain
Heart attack symptoms differ from person to person. Chest pain can vary from mild discomfort in the centre of the chest to severe pain which is often described as a heavy pressure, crushing or tightness.

But, for others, the chest pain may be relatively mild, but accompanied by some of the other symptoms, so recognising a pattern of symptoms is key - 'heartburn' with breathlessness and sweating needs to be checked out.

Both men and women can experience common or uncommon symptoms of a heart attack, or even a combination of both. Either way, they need to be dealt with immediately."
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