What does a heart attack feel like?

05 August 2008   |   by Ajay Jaiman   |    comment

It does not always feel like what you may have seen in the movies or on TV. Sometimes it can even feel like a bad case of indigestion.

Interesting story in Guardian quoting a British Heart Foundation (BHF) survey that found that four out of 10 people get information about heart attacks from movies or TV and that can be “dangerously misleading and because of it, many of us ignore the real symptoms until it is too late.”

If you are male, over 40 and Asian (or love someone who is) it would do you good to read this Guardian article and this one at the American Heart Association. Heart Attack Warning Signs according to this AHA article:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or fullness.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include discomfort in one or both arms or in the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This symptom often accompanies chest discomfort. However, it can also occur before the chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness. Some patients report a sense of impending doom.

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