What Does A Heart Attack Feel Like?
After having a heart attack last year I made it my number one priority to learn everything that I can about heart disease and to let all of my readers know what I have learned. Knowing what your risks are could keep you from ever having a heart attack, or it could help you to know if you are having a heart attack.
The signs and symptoms of a heart attack can vary greatly from one person to the next. This variance makes knowing what all of the most common signs and symptoms very important. When I had a heart attack it didn’t look a thing like, “I’m coming Ethel” on the old television show “Sanford and Son” it didn’t even hurt.
It Didn’t Feel Like I Was Having A Heart Attack
Please keep in mind that not everyone experiences the same signs and symptoms.
All of this happened very quickly I’d say within seconds although it seemed like a lifetime to me. I was driving down the road when suddenly I broke out in a sweat and became nauseated. I had a very mild pain in my jaw and an almost unnoticeable pain in my neck. I simply felt too sick to drive so I pulled over and asked my husband to drive. He didn’t know that I was having a heart attack, but the paleness of my face scared him and we went to the hospital. There we found out that I had had a major heart attack.
Common Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
· Chest pain
· Heaviness and or pressure in the chest
· Shortness of breath
· Unexplained tiredness
Some symptoms that are more common to women than men are:
· Pain in one or both arms
· Back pain
· Jaw pain
· Stomach pain
· Shoulder pain
· Neck pain
If you have any of the symptoms above do not hesitate to call 911. Studies show that treatments are most effective if they are started within one hour of symptoms beginning.
While the above list has some of the most common signs of a heart attack they are not the only signs or symptoms. I have spoken with several people who have said that the symptoms they experienced were totally different such as: One lady told me that she had pain in her elbow for two days and that was the only symptom that she had. Another lady said her toe hurt, and yet another woman said that her back hurt. What does all of that tell you? It is very important to know if you are at risk for a heart attack especially if you are over the age of forty.
What Are Risk Factors?
Risk factors are signs that you may be at risk for having cardiovascular disease now or in the future. Knowing what those risks are can help you to watch for sign and symptoms or to know that you need to be tested. Take the Risk Quiz and learn what your risk factors you have the more risk factors that you have the higher your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
Why Is It Important To Know the Risk Factors?
More women lose their lives every year to cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and stroke than to any other disease that exist today. Finding out early on if you have any type of cardiovascular disease is one way that you can spend more time with the people you love. By finding out what your risk factors are you can add years to your life simply by changing the way that you live.
After you have taken the quiz visit your family doctor to discuss the results and your likelihood of developing some form of heart disease.
Risk Quiz for Heart Disease
- Are you a woman over the age of 50? Yes No
- Has either your father or brother had a heart attack before they reached the age 55? Yes No
- Has either your mother or sister had a heart attack before they reached the age 65? Yes No
- Have any of your close relatives experienced a stroke? Yes No
- Do you have any type of heart disease or heart condition? Yes No
- Have you at anytime experienced any type of congestive heart failure? Yes No
- Do you have a carotid artery disease? Yes No
- Do you have a leg artery disease? Yes No
- Do you have a high red blood cell count or sickle cell anemia? Yes No
- Have you been clinically determined to have hypertension? Yes No
- Has a doctor or nurse ever told you that your blood pressure is or was high? Yes No
- Do you use cigarettes or make use of any type of tobacco product? Yes No
- Do you have to take cholesterol reducing prescription medications? Yes No
- Is your HDL cholesterol level 200 mg/dl or higher? Yes No
- Do you get enough exercise? (150 minutes per week Yes No
- Are you 20 pounds or more over your recommended weight? Yes No
- Have you at anytime in your life been made aware that you have diabetic issues? Yes No
Answering yes to any of the questions above doesn’t mean that you have heart disease, but if you did answer yes to some or all the questions please talk to your doctor and find out what the chances are for you. Then you can do what it takes to ensure that you live a long healthy life by changing the way you live and eat, and possibly by taking prescription medications that are prescribed by your doctor.