Having a heart attack is a scary experience because you may not immediately
recognize what is happening when symptoms arise. Many people have the
misconception that heart attack symptoms are very obvious and easily recognizable,
but symptoms can be somewhat subtle. You might also experience earlier
warning signs before a heart attack even takes place. At any time you
do suspect that you or a loved one might be having a heart attack, you
should seek emergency medical care right away because a heart attack can
progress quickly to cause permanent damage to the heart. This article
will take a closer look at the importance of getting medical attention
for a heart attack, even when you are not sure if a heart attack is the
cause of your symptoms.
Not everyone has the same symptoms
There is a long list of possible heart attack symptoms, including
chest pain, pressure in the chest, shortness of breath, upper body discomfort, nausea,
lightheadedness, and cold sweats. You may have all of these symptoms or
just a few, and the experience can differ for everyone. Therefore, you
should not rule out a heart attack just because you are not showing every
Damage to the heart happens quickly
During a heart attack, the heart muscle is damaged by a shortage of oxygen-rich
blood. This damage is permanent, and it can happen rather fast. That means
that the longer you wait to seek medical care, the more damage might take
place. By prioritizing your care and calling 911 at the first signs of
a heart attack, you can increase your chances of survival and reduce long-term
disabilities related to your heart health.
Symptoms will still need to be addressed
Even if you are not having a heart attack, your symptoms might indicate
a potentially serious condition, especially if you have chest pain and
shortness of breath. When you are in the emergency room for your care
doctors can pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and recommend the next
steps in your care.
If you are ever uncertain about your medical care needs, the Consult-A-Nurse
healthcare referral line at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help
you determine the right steps in your care. To connect with us, call (888) 762-8881.