: June 30, 2015
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Heart disease is one of the major diseases that take away lives easily of both men and women. Almost 40% of total population expires at instant heart attack. It is major cause of concern as you can lose your life if you are unable to hunt help on right time. Also some conditions are so critical that you do not get enough time to ask for help.
A heart attack is observed when the blood flow towards the center muscle is blocked. This stage is also known as cardiac muscle infarction or myocardial infarction. The term myocardial infarction comes from myo, which is muscle, cardio meaning heart and infarction meaning death of a tissue due to insufficient blood supply.
Heart attack is also observed due to coronary heart disease. It is a wax like substance called plague, which is formed in arteries that supply blood to the heart. Plague deposited in arteries buildup to form a clot and thus block the path of blood flow. This condition is also called as arteriosclerosis. If the clot appeared in arteries is not treated on time it can result in breakdown of muscles. This damage caused to muscle is permanent and cannot be treated. You can survive from this condition but the damage cannot be healed.

Causes of Heart Attack:

Heart stroke is generally observed in people aged above 60 years. Also if they have other risk factors like obesity, heredity, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes etc then they are more prone to stroke. Stress, tension, exhaustion, work pressure, etc are some other causes that can cause heart attack.

Symptoms of Heart Attack:

You may wonder this critical disease is observed suddenly and you can’t even think of a solution before hand for curing it. But this is absolutely wrong. Every disease shows its symptoms or warnings before it reaches your body. Similarly a heart disease or stroke also shows symptoms that you may tend to snub in your daily activities. Here are 12 warning signs that imitate to a heart attack.

1. Anxiety:


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A Heart stroke can cause severe anxiety or fear of death. Heart attack survivors experience a sense of impending doom. This dread of losing life can result on a severe attack.

2. Cough:

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Having constant cough or panting is considered to be a symptom of heart failure that results in fluid accumulation in the lungs. So if you are coughing since long it better to visit a consultant.

3. Shortness of breath:

Breathlessness indicates a heart attack or heart failure. Folks who show signs of breathlessness while they are at rest or on short exertion may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or Asthma. Sometimes people feel extremely short of breath along with chest pain. But it may sometimes happen without chest discomfort too.

4. Chest discomfort:

Chest discomfort
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Chest pain or discomfort is the common symptom of a heart stroke. But in actual not all heart attacks cause chest pain. Chest pain can be observed for some other reasons. Heart-related chest pain is usually observed in the center under the breastbone or may be a little left of the center.

5. Nausea or lack of appetite:

Normally people tend to drop their lunch or dinner during sickness. Skipping meals can be linked with heart attack. Abdominal swelling, which is coupled with heart failure, can also hamper appetite. Dyspepsia or indigestion can also lead to lack of appetite, which is also observed during heartburns.

6. Pain in other parts of the body

Prior to an attack pain is observed in various parts of body starting from chest or abdominal pain. It later continues to spread on the abdomen, jaw, neck, back, elbows, arms, shoulders etc. Sometimes pain is observed directly into other parts without a chest pain.

7. Dizziness:

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Heart attacks can lead to loss of consciousness or lightheadedness.  Lightheadedness is more often caused by some circumstances that impair blood flow to the brain. It's been a challenge for the heart to supply blood to the brain and it's quite simple for this system to break down during an attack.

8. Fatigue:

Fatigue is generally observed in women than in men. Unusual fatigue can occur in women during a heart attack or few days prior to an attack although you can feel fatigued for any other reasons too. But feeling tired every now and then is a symptom of heart failure.

9. Rapid or irregular pulse:

A rapid or irregular pulse, which is attends together with weakness, dizziness, or short breath can result in a heart attack or heart failure. Ignorance towards it can lead to a critical stage.

10. Sweating:

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A common symptom of heart attack is sweating. You might start sweating while sitting on a chair, or while walking etc. When all of a sudden you start sweating as if you have done heavy workouts is a symptom you can get an attack. At such time you should be quiet and get air as much as possible to wipe out the sweat.

11. Swelling:

Swelling of body parts is another warning signal that you may get an attack. Heart failure causes fluid to accumulate in the body, which causes swelling. The swelling is often observed in the feet, ankles, legs, or abdomen. A sudden weight gain or loss of appetite is also observed due to swelling.

12. Weakness:

Some people can experience severe and unexplained weakness when they are supposed to lead to a heart stroke. This weakness can be so severe that you may be unable to hold a piece of paper. You can even experience ache and stiffness of your body parts.
The above symptoms shown are not only the warning signs that you about to get a stroke but also an indicator that your life can be in danger. Because at times you do not get enough time to seek help. I hope this article will benefit you in taking care of your family and friends.


Amruta Kugaonkar

Amruta Kugaonkar

I am convent educated and graduated in science with a post graduate degree in personal management. With over 5 years of experience in education & ...

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