A heart attack occurs once every 20 seconds in the United States according to the Women's Heart Foundation. The thing is, not everyone knows that they are actually having one.
Time is of the essence when it comes to treating a heart attack, and often more time is spent Googling the signs of one rather than doing something about it.
According to an article on aarp.com, here are some common symptoms of a heart attack for both men and women:
• Chest Pain – If chest pain lasts more that five minutes, call 911.
• Shortness of breath – Shortness of breath often occurs before the chest pain.
• Dizziness or light headedness.
• Cold sweat.
Women typically do not experience common heart attack symptoms, and therefore are more likely to delay getting help. Here are some symptoms of a heart attack that are more likely in women:
• Pain in the arm (especially left arm), back, neck, abdomen or shoulder blades – When the nerves of the heart are not getting enough blood, pain can be exhibited throughout the body. If you cannot determine exactly where the pain is located, go to an emergency room.
• Jaw and throat pain – The pain will move from the chest, to the throat – as if someone is chocking you – and then to the jaw.
• Nausea or vomiting.
• Overwhelming and unusual fatigue.
As you can see, many of the signs of a heart attack can be confused with the common flu or a simple toothache. It is not always easy to tell when you are having a heart attack, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Call for an ambulance when you start experiencing any abnormal symptoms.