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When Your Heart Sends You A Message That You Can't Ignore

Health & Medical Blog

You may have had the warning signs, but just thought you had a bad case of indigestion. The next message from your heart could be weakness in your left arm or a crushing pain in your chest. Learn what the signs of a heart attack are and why they are happening, so you can take quick action and prevent terminal consequences.

A Message That Your Heart is Starving

The pain from a heart attack is a warning that your heart is not getting enough blood. Like any other muscle in the body, your heart needs oxygen and nutrients to function. Special blood vessels, called the coronary arteries, supply the heart with blood. If one or more of these arteries becomes blocked, the blood supply to the heart decreases and the heart begins to complain. Your heart starts to starve from the lack of oxygen. If you don't heed the early warning signs and the blockage becomes worse, you'll have to deal with a painful heart attack.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

People experience a variety of pains and a range of intensities during a heart attack. This is due to the level of oxygen starvation that your heart is experiencing. The common elements experienced by most people during a heart attack include:

  • Pressure - A sudden tightness in the chest appears followed by dull pressure that grows in intensity. People describe it like someone is standing on their chest.
  • Pain - The pain begins in the center of this tightness and radiates out from your chest to your neck, back and left arm. Your arm may begin to feel numb and tingly.

The pressure will feel constant, but the pain will fluctuate. It will become intense, then ease up a bit, then peak again. It may change depending on whether you're standing up or lying down. The pain will continue this cycle until you pass out or get help.

Knowing The Signs Can Save Your Life

Call for help as soon as you feel any discomfort in your chest. Early warning signs may feel like heartburn that won't go away. Get to an emergency room where a cardiologist will run tests to determine if you're having a heart attack and how much heart damage you have. If this is a major heart attack, you may be faced with emergency surgery to clear the arteries and get blood back to your heart.

A minor heart attack is a sign of heart problems, but there is time to reverse the trend. Your cardiologist can recommend medications, diet changes, exercise and cardiac procedures to prevent you from having a major heart attack.

Include a heart health screening as part of your normal medical checkup. Your doctor can do blood tests and X-rays to uncover early signs of heart disease. Then you'll have the chance to keep your heart healthy, so you'll never have to experience the pain of a major heart attack.


14 September 2015