Know the Signs:
Most people associate
heart attack symptoms with chest pain, pain in the shoulder,
or other well-known signs. However, according to world
renowned cardiologist Dr. Chauncey Crandall,
there are some signs that are so minor, many people ignore
them or chalk them up to symptoms of a less threatening
ailment. Each year, about 785,000 Americans suffer a first
heart attack. And 470,000 more people who’ve already had
at least one attack, suffer yet another one. Cardiovascular
disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
In fact, it kills more men and women each year than all
cancers combined, and is responsible for nearly a third
of all deaths.
Let's start with the classic, well known signs. The American Heart Association and other medical experts say the body likely will send one or more of these warning signals of an impending heart attack:
Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain may be mild to intense. It may feel like pressure, tightness, burning, or heavy weight. It may be located in the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw, or inside the arms or shoulders.
Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin.
Paleness or pallor skin color.
Increased or irregular heart rate.
Feeling of impending doom.
If you notice one or more of these signs in yourself or
others, don't wait.
Call emergency medical services (9-1-1) right away!
Unfortunately, 25 percent of all heart attacks happen “silently,”
without clear or obvious signs. Common symptoms may be so
mild or vague as to seem unrelated to the heart. Cardiovascular
expert Dr. Chauncey Crandall has created a free video presentation
to help the public discover little-known warning signs of
impending heart attack and heart disease before it’s too
late to intervene and repair the damage.
Dr. Crandall is chief of the cardiac transplant program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Florida. He practices on the front lines of interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology. “Most adults, especially those entering middle age, are basically sitting ducks when it comes to heart disease and attacks,” Dr. Crandall warns. “That’s unfortunate, because heart disease is totally unnecessary. With the proper knowledge of warning signs and potential symptoms, and a few simple steps, it can be prevented, reversed, and even cured.”
One Final Tip: Pay attention to your body, and learn about the early warning signs. Equally important is to understand what you can do to take charge.