The way you live each day affects your heart. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Making lifestyle changes now and being educated on this disease could save your life.
On average someone who suffers from a heart attack arrives at the hospital almost 5 hours after the onset of symptoms. Symptoms of a heart attack are often mistaken with stress or the flu. This is why it is so important to know the early warning signs of a heart attack and what to do if you experience them.
Common Early Warning Signs
Knowing these common warning signs of a heart attack could help save your life:
- Chest pressure, tightness and heaviness
- Pain in shoulders, neck, jaw or arms
- Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Then, chew or crush and swallow an aspirin as directed by a doctor. Taking aspirin immediately at the onset of heart attack symptoms may prevent the formation of additional small blood clots blocking blood flow through clogged arteries. If that happens, heart muscle damage may be prevented or delayed, which can buy you time to get to the Hospital.
Never make excuses for heart attack symptoms or shrug them off as simply “indigestion.” Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, don’t hesitate to get help. The actions you take within the first hours after a heart attack could save your life so never feel like you’re creating a false alarm.
Dudley's Home Health Care hopes you never need this information, but thinks everyone should be prepared.