Signs of a Heart Attack
One of the reasons for the low survival rate among heart attack victims is because people don’t recognize the signs when they are having a heart attack. Symptoms vary between men and women. The most common signs of a heart attack are:
Men – pain in the chest, pain radiating down arm, sweating
Women – weakness, faintness, pain that radiates up the jaw, or out the arms
Caregivers Are at Risk, Too
Although caregivers consider their elderly parents at higher risk for heart attack, many don’t recognize that they themselves might be at risk. Women over 50 and men over 40 are automatically considered at higher risk. In addition, if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, are overweight or inactive, smoke or have a family history of heart disease, your risk factors go up exponentially.
Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more other signs (such as chest pain or shortness of breath), don’t wait, call 911 right away. Timing is everything, whether it’s an elderly person or a caregiver who is the victim. Be sure to act immediately to the signs of a heart attack, even if you are not 100% sure that is a heart attack.
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