Heart attacks don’t always come with chest pain. A resent study done by Annals of internal medicine reports that chest pain is not always an indicator of a heart attack. Cardiovascular and patient history are better indicators than pain score.
A heart attack is blockage limiting the blood supply and oxygen to the heart, can cause a heart attack. Clots develop when fat and other substances accumulate in the coronary artery. Its job is to supply crucial blood and oxygen to the heart. If not treated damaged heart muscles can die.
Chest pain being the number one reason people visit the emergency room and the most common heart attack symptom. The pain can be severe, but can just as likely start slowly as mild pain or discomfort; it may even come and go. When severe, patients describe it as a crushing or searing pain that radiates to the back, neck, jaw, shoulders and arms, especially the left arm. The researchers in this new study believe the brain may interpret signals from the heart as pain located elsewhere, or as other health problems caused by a damaged heart.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the U.S. They do not discriminate, and women are just as likely to have a heart attack as men are. While chest pain may not indicate a heart attack, it is a sign that something is wrong. You should seek immediate emergency medical care in case you are having a heart attack. About half the deaths from heart attacks occur within an hour of the start of symptoms and before people reach the hospital. Time is of the essence.
Be aware of the other symptoms of heart attacks as well. In addition to chest pain, patients may experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, faintness, sweating, dizziness, or unexplained pain that’s not in the chest.
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