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Subtle Signs of a Heart Attack

Signs of Heart AttackOver 1 million Americans experience a heart attack each year. The traditional symptoms –  chest pain, cold sweats, and weakness – are known by almost everyone. However, there are subtle signs of an impending heart attack that can be easily ignored. Should you experience any of these subtle signs of a heart attack, it’s important to see a doctor immediately. Noticing the symptoms early can save your life.

Subtle Signs

As we mentioned previously, it’s important to note any potential symptoms and seek immediate medical attention. Prompt medical care can save your life. If you notice any of these symptoms, ask for help:

  • Fatigue – Most heart attack victims experience intense fatigue. When blood flow is reduced to the heart, which puts extra stress on the muscles, leading to exhaustion.
  • Soreness – Many men and women experience noticeable soreness in the back, chest, and arms before a heart attack. When the heart begins to run out of oxygen, the muscle cells start to strain.
  • Heartburn – An occasional heartburn flare-up is normal, but if you’ve never endured heartburn or it hasn’t bothered you previously, you should see a doctor.

Signs in Women

If you’ve ever watched a movie or television, you’ve probably noticed a heart attack victim is typically a man clutching at his chest. In reality, women are just as likely to experience a heart attack. Some subtle signs to watch for include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest
  • Pain or discomfort in the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea/vomiting

Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, back and jaw pain, and nausea or vomiting.

Contact Us

If you’re worried about your heart health, contact Brookhaven Heart to schedule a comprehensive consultation. You can reach our offices by calling 631-654-3278 today. We’re happy to help!