Spotting the first signs of a heart attack?

 

The average heart can pump around 5 litres of blood per minute. But are we taking care to look after this vital part of our body?

A heart attack occurs when the supply of blood to a part of the heart becomes blocked, leading to damage to the muscle tissue. This can be life-threatening and is mainly caused by coronary heart disease narrowing the arteries as a result of a build-up of fatty material on the artery walls.

Can you spot the signs and symptoms of a heart attack? If not, here they are:

  • Chest pain: tightness, pressure, pain or a burning
  • feeling in your chest
  • Pain radiating down your arm, and even into
  • your neck, jaw and back or stomach
  • Feeling weak or lightheaded
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath

It’s the combination of symptoms that’s important in determining whether a person is having a heart attack, and not just the severity of chest pain, as this can sometimes be mistaken for indigestion. But don’t delay in getting help if you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack. Always call 999.

If you are over 40, it is recommended that you should have a heart health check to assess your risk of having a heart attack.

More information on the symptoms of heart attack and what to do can be found here.

 
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