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SYMPTOMS AND RISK OF A HEART ATTACK

Updated on June 23, 2012

When it comes to having a heart attack, every second after is crucial. Also known as a myocardial infarction, a heart attack is when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. This occurs when there is a blockage in the heart, which blocks the flow of blood. Instantly, this causes death to your blood cells inside the heart. It is the number one cause of death in women and men worldwide.

A heart attack can happen to any of us. You can feel healthy and even show no warning signs and you could have a heart attack. I want you to be prepared just in case it happens and I want to teach you the warning signs that occur when you are moments from a heart attack. In saying that, 25% of heart attacks show no signs or symptoms. That means in one of every four heart attacks, there are no signs or symptoms on average.

In this article, you will become aware of what causes heart attacks and what the signs and symptoms are. Sometimes, you never know when it is going to happen. But most times, there are signs and symptoms that show before a heart attack. You will also become knowledgable about the terms and definitions that surround a heart attack.

When it comes to a heart attack, every second counts, so remember that. Seconds can be the difference between someone living and someone dieing. Plain and simple. Every second counts when it comes to a heart attack. Now, if you ever experience the signs and symptoms below, please see a doctor as soon as possible. If you don't have insurance, go to an emergency room. If you can't see your doctor, go to the emergency room. A heart attack is nothing to play with. Do not risk your life just because the pain is not that bad. Get to a doctor! Below, you will find the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK

  1. Pain in the center of the chest, pain in left arm or left side of the neck, possible pain in both arms, pain in the upper back or shoulders, jaws, or stomach
  2. Shortness of breath, wheezing, hard to breathe
  3. Pain feels like pressure, squeezing, or heavy
  4. Feeling out of place, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
  5. Fatigue, sweating, headaches, an almost sleepy feeling

Most heart attacks begin slowly with mild pain.

In some cases of a heart attack, the pain can go back and forth. It may even disappear for a few minutes. Do not be fooled by this. If you are feeling these symptoms, get to an emergency room as soon as you can. Your life may be on the line.

12 CAUSES AND RISK OF A HEART ATTACK

  1. Psychological stress
  2. Physical Stress
  3. Smoking
  4. Diabetes
  5. High Blood Pressure
  6. High Triglycerides
  7. Obesity
  8. Old Age
  9. Stress
  10. Heart Disease
  11. Low HDL
  12. Hypercholesterolemia

DEFINITIONS

DIABETES- It is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar

HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES- This is an ester that is derived from glycerol and 3 fatty acids

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE- This is when your systemic arterial blood pressure is elevated

ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE- A disease characterized by ischaemia, a reduced blood supply

OBESITY- It is a medical condition where excess body fat has accomulated where it can cause effects to your health

LOW HDL- This is high density lipoprotein, which is basically good cholesterol

HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA- It is the pressence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood stream

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    • conradofontanilla profile image

      conradofontanilla 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Aspirin relieves pain. It is helpful in alleviating heart attack, this way: I6t starts with arachidonic acid from which clyclooxygenase (CLOX) makes prostaglandins like thromboxane A2 and prostacyclin. Thromboxane A2 induces aggregation of blood platelets resulting in blood clot that usually accompanies heart attack (Sears, B. Ph.D. The Zone). Aspirin is a CLOX inhibitor that inhibits the production of prostaglandins. If thromboxane A2 is absent during a heart attack it does not contribute to blood clot. (Inhibitors are two kinds: CLOX-1 and CLOX-2). However, there are cases when causes other than blood clot are involved in heart attack. I have a Hub about how CLOX-2 inhibitor induces stroke and heart attack.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Ubanichijioke, thanks so much for your time and comment. I will make sure I return the favor. Be good my poetic friend.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      You ve penned a wonderful masterpiece packed with so much information. I really benefitted from reading this. You re awesome!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Ihchan, thanks for the comment. Glad you found it useful. Will be over to visit soon. Take care.

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      lhchan 

      7 years ago

      Very useful info, will bookmark this page, thank you.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Well, that is good in a sense Gypsy, although that was not my attention.:) It is important though. I appreciate your comment and all your time you spend. I will return the kindness.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      You have scared me half to death. This is worse than any ghost story. However it is very well written and informative. Thanks good to know and will save it.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Writer20, thanks for coming by. So sorry to hear that. I am glad you are under care though. That is a good point. Asprin can be used to help prevent risk.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Sunshine, thanks and you are correct. When I did my research, some said women have less symptoms then men and others said women have more. I believe it is more, but I will see what I can find. I need a to validate the source though.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Sunshine, thanks and you are correct. When I did my research, some said women have less symptoms then men and others said women have more. I believe it is more, but I will see what I can find. I need a to validate the source though.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Susie, thanks a million. Thanks you for coming by.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub to help if this heart attack happens. I did have one scare a while back. Now I'm under a heart Dr. He told me to take a full asprin because the way my heart acts.

      Thank you thelyricwriter

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Well done lyricwriter! The symptoms for women slightly differ for men. I forget how but if you would like to add that information I'd appreciate it and I'm sure many other women will also! VOTED UP!!

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      Excellent hub with great useful information. Appreciate it!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there Gypsy. Thanks for checking it out. This could be useful to someone. We have to watch out for the signs. Even at a young age, it can happen. There was a girl at a high school game, she was a cheerleader. Had a heart attack. 18 years old.

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      Gypsy48 

      7 years ago

      Very informative hub. A great reminder for all of us.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Crazybeanrider, thank you for the comment and for reading. Absolutely. This is very important to keep handy so you can at the least learn what to look for. It can happen to any of us, we must be prepared.

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      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      This is good information to keep around, you just never know when you may have symptoms of a heart attack, useful information.

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