The Early Signs of Heart Attack You Shouldn’t Ignore

In the UK, Heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths. According to The British Heart Foundation, that is more than 160,000 deaths per year. Whilst statistics and numbers can do lots for keeping track of how heart disease and heart attacks affect the population at large, it does little to ease the mind of each individual impacted. It is important to know the signs of heart disease and the early signs of a heart attack because recognising and addressing them in early stages is often the key to increasing chances of survival.

Men and women can experience heart attack symptoms very differently. Here are some common early warning signs that both men and women share:

  • chest discomfort; centre of the chest, lasting more than a few minutes or comes and goes. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure or squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • discomfort that radiates to areas in the upper body such as one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
    • women more commonly experience back or jaw pain
  • shortness of breath
    • women are more likely to experience this
  • other signs such as a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness

    • women more commonly experience nausea/vomiting

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please phone 999 immediately for treatment as every second counts. It is much better to take a swift action and be wrong than to take no action and suffer a major heart attack. Seeking help early could increase your chances of survival.

If you do experience a heart attack, or are at risk, you can discuss with your doctor the range of medications available to you, including anticoagulants such as Xarelto, Clopidogrel and Lixiana.

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