8 warning signs of a heart attack
Some you’ll already know, while others may surprise you. Recognising these heart attack symptoms could save the life of you or your loved ones.
1 CHEST DISCOMFORT OR PAIN Feelings pressure of or heaviness, a crushing tightness, sensation over the chest are all classic symptoms of a heart attack. This discomfort may be mild, or it may spread to different parts of the upper body. It may also be accompanied by a general feeling of being unwell.
2 ARM TINGLING, NUMBNESS OR PAIN A tingling arm – particularly the left arm – is a renowned heart attack symptom. Arm discomfort can occur in one or both arms, and can also be present as numbness, pain, heaviness or just a general feeling of uselessness in the limbs.
3 NECK CHOKING OR BURNING SENSATION Unexplained discomfort around the neck area is also a heart attack symptom. It may feel as though you’re choking or it could be a burning sensation in the throat. This discomfort could spread from your chest or shoulders to the neck.
4 SHOULDER PAIN AND/OR BACK ACHE An aching sensation can develop around one or both of your shoulders or on your back between your shoulder blades. On the shoulders, it may also feel like heaviness or pressure around the area. Be on the lookout for this pain spreading from your chest to the affected area. 5 JAW TIGHTNESS One of the more minute symptoms is a feeling of tightness or aching around the lower jawline – either on one or both sides of the face. Watch for discomfort spreading from your chest to the jaw.
6 SHORTNESS OF BREATH Having trouble breathing normally, or the inability to take a deep breath, can both occur as a symptom of a heart attack. In this instance, it may feel like your breathing is being compromised by a constricted feeling or tightness across your chest.
7 NAUSEA, INDIGESTION, DIZZINESS, LIGHT-HEADEDNESS AND/OR COLD SWEATS These symptoms may all arise alongside other heart attack symptoms. However, because there can be numerous causes for these symptoms, you will need to assess whether they are occurring in addition to any of the other previously mentioned heart attack warning symptoms.
8 JUST NOT FEELING QUITE RIGHT This symptom is intangible; however, some patients report feeling generally unwell or just not quite themselves right before having a heart attack. You know your own body best, so if something feels off, don’t ignore this feeling.