Chest Pain Is ALWAYS A Reason To Go To The ER
The recent and sudden deaths of several well-known
celebrities from heart-related issues should focus everyone’s attention on the
dangers of heart disease and knowing the symptoms of a serious problem.
Chest pain can be caused by indigestion, which is
usually minor or a heart attack, which can be life-threatening. It’s important to take chest pain symptoms
seriously and immediately call 9-1-1 or seek care in the nearest emergency
department. It could save your life or
the life of a loved one.
Patients should never diagnose themselves. Often it
takes a team of medical experts and various tests to diagnose the specific
causes of chest pain. If it’s a heart
problem, that delay in time can prove fatal.
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every
year, according to the CDC.
- That’s about 1 in every 4 deaths.
- It is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
- About 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. About two-thirds of those experience their
first heart attack.
- The CDC reports that only 27 percent of people were aware of all major
symptoms of a heart attack and knew to call 911 or seek emergency care.
- Almost half (47 percent) of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a
hospital. Many people with heart disease
don’t act on early warning signs.
The most common symptoms of
a heart attack include:
pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts
more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw, arms, or back.
discomfort associated with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or
shortness of breath.
Heart Attack signs can differ between men and women. According to the American Heart Association,
the most common symptoms in women include:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center
of your chest. It lasts more than a few
minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat
more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms,
particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Some less common warning signs of heart attack in both
men and women that should be taken seriously, especially if they accompany any
of the above symptoms include:
- Abnormal chest pain (angina), stomach, or
- Nausea or dizziness.
- Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
- Unexplained anxiety, weakness, or fatigue.
- Palpitations, cold sweat, or paleness.
these signs occur in every attack. Sometimes they go away and return, said Dr.
Parker. “However in all cases, a person
can help lower the chance of dying from a heart attack by recognizing symptoms
and getting medical help immediately.