Do you think you know the signs of a heart attack? You should because we’ve seen heart attacks portrayed in dozens of movies and TV programs. It’s where someone grimaces in pain, grabs their chest and falls to the floor gasping.
Unfortunately, that’s not real. You can have a heart attack without feeling much pain. In fact, the most important symptoms of a heart attack are feelings of pressure, of heaviness and shortness of breath. You may also experience nausea, break out in a cold sweat, and have a feeling of anxiety of impending doom.
So you could be walking to the mailbox, and suddenly feel very short of breath, and like you just can't make it all the way - and you might be having a heart attack.
The most important hour of your life
The most important time of your life will be the 60 minutes after a heart attack occurs. This is because if you can get your arteries open during that first hour, your heart may not suffer permanent damage. Yet, research shows that only about 10 percent of people suffering a heart attack get to a hospital that fast.
The problem is most people don’t understand they’ve had a heart attack and, thus, do not get to the hospital or do not get there fast enough. They think they are only suffering from indigestion or that they can just drive themselves to the hospital.
If you suddenly feel very tired or just cannot catch your breath, don’t fool around. Sit down, dial 911, and wait for emergency help. That way you can get the treatment you need before permanent damage occurs. And don’t worry about feeling foolish if it turns out that you didn’t have a heart attack. This is a case where it is much better to be safe than sorry.
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Douglas Hanna is a successful Webmaster and the author of more than 160 ezine articles on a variety of subjects.