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Early Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Last updated 3 years ago

Every year, over 1 million Americans suffer a heart attack, and nearly half a million of these attacks are fatal. If you are obese, have high blood pressure, or otherwise have an increased risk of heart attack, it’s important that you watch out for common heart attack symptoms and seek immediate treatment at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. There’s a 90% survival rate among heart attack sufferers who recognize the early warning signs and receive advanced treatment in a timely manner.

Shortness of Breath

It’s perfectly normal to experience shortness of breath after exercising. If you suddenly have trouble breathing while you’re relaxing in your living room, however, you could be having a heart attack. Fatigue, dizziness, and sweating are also common heart attack warning signs. If something feels off, don’t wait for the sensation to go away—call 911 immediately. 

Nausea and Vomiting

Sudden bouts of nausea and vomiting should also be cause for concern. If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems, you might be quick to write off nausea as a relatively normal occurrence. If you experience nausea and vomiting in tandem with any other heart attack symptoms, you may be having a cardiac event. If you don’t have any gastrointestinal problems, sudden nausea and vomiting are even greater causes for concern.

Chest or Arm Discomfort

Chest pain is by far the most common symptom of heart attack. In the early stages of a heart attack, you might feel a tightness or fullness in the chest, as if something heavy is resting on top of you. Other people experience pain and discomfort in other parts of their body, including the back, throat, jaw, shoulder, and arm. It’s important to note that chest pain is not present during all heart attacks.

Constant vigilance is the best way to stay safe in the event of a heart attack. If you or someone you love experiences any of the above early warning signs, seek emergency care services at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point as quickly as possible. Call (888) 741-5119 to learn more about our Chest Pain Center and heart attack treatment techniques. 


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