During a heart attack, the blood supply that normally nourishes the heart with oxygen, is cut-off and the heart muscles begin to die. The Netcare 911 issued the following warning signs, which they urge residents to always remember.
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- Chest pressure, tightness and heaviness- Most heart attacks involve pain or discomfort in the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Extreme fatigue- A sense of unusual or extreme tiredness that lasts days or weeks can be a sign of heart problems. These symptoms can be more common in women.
- Fainting and light-headedness- This sensation can involve dizziness, extreme weakness or anxiety.
- Pain in shoulders, neck, jaws or arms- Not all people, who have heart attacks, have the same symptoms or have the same severity of symptoms.
- Nausea- A feeling of sickness associated to your stomach can be heart-related.
- Severity- Some have mild pains, others have more severe pains. The more signs and symptoms you have, the greater the likelihood is that you are having a heart attack.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest pain- Heart attack sufferers can have trouble breathing for no apparent reason.
- Sweating- Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack. If this happens along with any of the above symptoms, get help as soon as possible.
- Family history- Those with a male or female relative, who have had one by 65 years of age, are considered to have a family history of heart attacks and are an increased risk.
- Medical conditions- Those with conditions, including diabetes, obesity and autoimmune disorders, are more likely to have a heart attack.