Over 50% of heart attack patients experience a “beginning” to their heart attack. These beginnings can start hours, days, or even weeks before the actual heart attack occurs. Many patients attribute these symptoms to other ailments and don’t realize they are having a heart attack until it is too late. 85% of heart damage occurs within the first 2 hours of a heart attack, but if the warning signs of a heart attack are recognized and treated immediately, it can be prevented before any damage occurs.
What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?
If you experience any or all of these symptoms, they could be early signs of a heart attack:
- Feeling of Fullness
- Shortness of Breath
- Jaw Pain
- Back Pain
- Chest Pressure, Squeezing, or Discomfort
- Feeling Of Impending Doom
- Pain That Travels Down One or Both Arms
If you experience any of these warning signs of a heart attack, it’s important to get to a hospital right away. Many patients suffer irreversible heart damage because they wait too long to seek treatment. Even if you think that your symptoms are due to stress or other causes and aren’t really the beginning of a heart attack, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and get checked out by a doctor just in case.
Kenny Gooch, chest pain coordinator for Johnston Health, discusses the warning signs of a heart attack and the importance of early treatment:
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