Heart Attack Symptoms: Signs You Shouldn't Ignore Including Chest Pain

Most Americans have a hard time separating fact from fiction when it comes to heart health, new research finds.

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, a Cleveland

Clinic survey revealed that many Americans aren't worried about their heart health and are not taking any steps to guard against future heart trouble.

"Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in this country, so it's disappointing to see that so many Americans are unaware of the severity of not taking action to prevent heart disease, or how exactly to do so," Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, said in a clinic news release.

"This is a disease that can largely be prevented and managed, but you have to be educated about how to do so and then incorporate prevention into your lifestyle," Nissen said.


An acute myocardial infarction, also called a heart attack, happens when a blood vessel in the heart suddenly becomes blocked.

Blood vessels carry blood and oxygen. When a blood vessel in the heart gets blocked, blood cannot get to part of the heart.

This part of the heart does not get enough oxygen. This is called ischemia. When the heart muscle becomes ischemic (does not get enough blood and oxygen), the ischemia often causes chest pain.

This is called Angina Pectoris. If the ischemia lasts long enough, the heart muscle that is not getting enough oxygen dies. This is called an infarction. "Myocardial infarction" means "infarction (muscle death) in the heart muscle."

A heart attack is a medical emergency. The first few minutes are very important for keeping the person alive. Some of the damage from the heart attack can be repaired if the person gets treatment during the first hour of the attack.


The American Heart Association says "time is muscle": the more time a person waits to get treatment, the more heart muscle dies. As soon as you feel any signs or symptoms listed below, please see a doctor immediately.

1. 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. It can be happen during some heavy work that cause extreme fatigue or even when resting.

2. Fainting and lightheadedness: This sensation can involve dizziness, extreme weakness or anxiety.

3. Nausea: A feeling of sickness associated with your stomach, but can be heart-related.

4. Pain in shoulders, neck, jaw, or arms: Report any unusual upper-body symptoms to your doctor. It can be cause with other than heart failure.

5. Shortness of breath with or without chest pain: one of the most signs of heart attack. Heart and lungs are working together for breathing and other type of respiration. Heart attack sufferers can have trouble breathing for no apparent reason.

6. Sweating: This can feel similar to hormonal hot flashes or night sweats.

7. Cold Symptoms that unstoppable: a heart struggles with supplying the body with blood, that can lead the blood leakage then back into the lungs. Having cold symptoms that last for long time could be a sign of heart failure. Pay attention to white or pink mucus with your cough which could be a byproduct of blood leakage.
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