Caution signs are prominently displayed on the sides of roadways, motorways, and streets, serving as important indicators for drivers. These signs, such as construction ahead, railroad crossing, merging traffic, divided highway, no passing zone, and school zone, play a vital role in ensuring safety on the roads. Just as paying attention to these warning signs can save lives while driving, being familiar with the warning signals of a heart attack can have a similar life-saving effect.
A heart attack occurs when a blood artery leading to the heart becomes blocked, resulting in a lack of oxygen and damage or destruction of a segment of the heart muscle. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking immediate medical assistance is crucial for surviving a heart attack.
Here are some indicators your body may provide as potential signs of a heart attack, as reported by Medicalnewstoday:
1. Sleeping problems:
If you experience difficulty lying flat when going to bed at night, it could indicate improper functioning of your heart. If this issue arises unexpectedly, it may be a sign of a heart attack. Additionally, waking up in the middle of the night feeling breathless and breathing heavily could be a sign of heart failure, which can occur following a heart attack.
2. Chest pain, discomfort, or tightness:
Sudden, sharp chest discomfort that may radiate to the neck and jaw is a common sign of a heart attack or other forms of chest pain. This pain can be described as a crushing agony with pressure felt in one or both arms or shoulders. If this symptom persists for more than 20 minutes without immediate medical intervention, it may indicate a myocardial infarction, which can significantly impact heart function.
3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing when lying down (orthopnea):
According to healthline Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties that worsen when lying down are often a primary indication of a heart attack. This occurs when there is an accumulation of excess fluid that exerts pressure around the lungs, placing additional strain on the heart. The severity of this symptom depends on the position in which the individual lies down. The flatter they lie, the more pronounced their shortness of breath becomes.
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