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Angela Bekiaris
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26 Jan 2018
2:29 pm

10 early warning signs of a heart attack

Angela Bekiaris

Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs.

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As we get older, it’s important to stay healthy, but it’s also important to know what to look out for.

We share some early heart attack symptoms for men and women.

1. Extreme pressure on the chest, and chest pain

2. Pain in one or both arms, jaw, back, stomach, or neck

3. Shortness of breath

4. Nausea and/or vomiting

5. Light-headedness, fainting or dizziness

6. Feeling of breaking out in a cold sweat.

7. Extreme fatigue

8. Pressure in the upper back

9. Toothache and/or headache

10. Digestive problems and/or heartburn

Cardiac arrest vs. heart attack

Many get confused between the two. explains the difference: “A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is damage to the heart muscle that occurs due to reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, depriving the heart muscle of the oxygen it needs to function properly. Cardiac arrest means that the heart stops beating and death is imminent.”

Experts explain that if severe, a heart attack can lead to cardiac arrest.

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