If you are not sure that you are having a heart attack and you need to know more, try answering these questions:
- Are you having discomfort in the middle of your chest?
- Are you having any of the following chest discomfort symptoms: Fullness within the chest, burning within the chest, aching within the chest, tightness within the chest or similar type symptom?
- Do these chest discomfort symptoms come and go?
- Are these chest discomfort symptoms worse with activity and disappear when you rest?
- Are you reluctant to tell someone of these symptoms?
- Are you reluctant to call because you think your mild symptoms do not warrant doing so?
- Do you have any of these other associated symptoms: Discomfort that goes from the chest to your left arm or to your jaw, clammy perspiration, shortness of breath, nausea or dizziness?
- If you carry with you nitroglycerin, does the nitroglycerin seem to take away the discomfort within 5 minutes?
What is the difference? MEN VS WOMEN
Some heart attack symptoms can be different between men and women. Why does it matter? Women may be less likely to seek immediate medical care which can cause more damage to the heart.
- Men normally feel pain and numbness in the left arm or side of chest, but in women, these symptoms may appear on the right side.
- Women may feel completely exhausted, drained, dizzy or nauseous.
- Women may feel upper back pain that travels up into their jaw.
- Women may think their somach pain is the flu, heartburn or an ulcer
If you answered yes to most of these questions or experience any heart attack symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get these symptoms checked out immediately at Logan Regional Medical Center's Emergency Services Center. It is better to be safe than sorry.