If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it?
Not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor like you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.
A heart attack happens when something blocks the blood flow to your heart so it can’t get the oxygen it needs.
During a heart attack, the blood supply that normally nourishes the heart with oxygen is cut off and the heart muscle begins to die. Heart attacks also called myocardial infarctions are very common in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that one happens every 40 secondsTrusted Source.
Some people who are having a heart attack have warning signs, while others show no signs.
Heart Attack Symptoms
Symptoms of a heart attack include:
* chest pain – a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the centre of your chest
* pain in other parts of the body – it can feel as if the pain is travelling from your chest to your arms (usually the left arm is affected, but it can affect both arms), jaw, neck, back and tummy (abdomen)
* feeling lightheaded or dizzy
* shortness of breath
* feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
* an overwhelming sense of anxiety (similar to having a panic attack)
* coughing or wheezing