Find out the common signs of a heart attack and when to seek immediate medical care.
While we certainly don’t recommend sitting at the computer and looking up symptoms of a heart attack while you are currently experiencing chest pain, it’s always a good idea to know the telltale signs should it happen to you or someone you know. From the office of our Gilbert, AZ, cardiologists Dr. Zaki Lababidi, Dr. Mohammed Reza Hojjati and Dr. Khaled Albasha, learn more about the signs of a heart attack and when to seek medical attention.
If you or someone you know complains about any of these symptoms our Gilbert, AZ, heart doctors recommend calling 911 right away:
- Chest pain or discomfort: Someone experiencing a heart attack may complain of chest pain that comes and goes. It may also feel more like pressure or fullness in the chest.
- Radiating pain: During a heart attack, pain may extend to other areas of the body like the neck, back, arms or stomach.
- Other symptoms: People may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness and sweating.
You may also know this already but it’s important to note that symptoms of a heart attack can differ between men and women. While both men and women who have had a heart attack complain of chest pain and discomfort, women are often more likely to experience other symptoms like nausea, back pain or shortness of breath. If you notice chest discomfort along with pain that radiates to your arm, breaking out into a sudden sweat or other symptoms, it’s important that you call 911 or head to the nearest hospital immediately.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent the likelihood of a heart attack:
- If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Talk to our doctors about the best methods for quitting and in just one year alone you could reduce your risk of a heart attack. Even non-heavy smokers can develop early signs of heart disease.
- It’s important to assess your diet. Make sure to reduce salt, sugar, red meats, as well as saturated and trans fats. Opt for a diet that is rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- Find time to relax and reduce stress levels. Stress can have a profound affect on your health and can increase your chances of a heart attack. Choose some needed "alone time" or take a yoga class. Whatever gives you a chance to unwind from the daily stressors is good.
- Monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure. These are two factors that could greatly contribute to heart disease and a heart attack. When you come in for routine checkups, we will check these vitals. If they are too high or too low, there are medications to help keep these issues in check.
Gilbert Cardiology is dedicated to providing the very best cardiology care to Gilbert, AZ. If you have questions, concerns or need to schedule an appointment we are always here for you. Call our office today!