Heart Attack – Learn the Warning Signs

It is important to understand that warning signs can vary from person to person and they may not always be sudden or severe.

Although chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom of a heart attack, some people will not experience chest pain at all, while others will experience only mild chest pain or discomfort. Others may experience one symptom, while some experience a combination.

The one thing all heart attacks have in common is that the sooner you receive treatment, the less damage will be done.

Click on the symptom below to learn the Warning Signs.

If you experience the warning signs of heart attack for 10 minutes, if they are severe or get progressively worse, call Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Discomfort or pain in your jaw. You may feel an ache or tightness in and around the lower jaw on either one or both sides. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your jaw.
Discomfort or pain in your neck. People who have had a heart attack describe a general discomfort in their neck, or a choking or burning feeling in their throat. This discomfort may spread from your chest or shoulders to your neck.
Discomfort or pain in and around one or both of your shoulders. People who have had a heart attack describe feeling a general ache, heaviness or pressure which spreads from their chest to their shoulder(s).
Discomfort or pain in the centre of your chest. You may feel heaviness, tightness, pressure or a crushing sensation in the centre of the chest. The discomfort may be mild and make you feel generally unwell. Note: Chest pain that is a sharp and stabbing sensation is generally less associated with having a heart attack.
Discomfort or pain in your back. People who have had a heart attack describe feeling a dull ache in between their shoulder blades. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your back.
Discomfort, pain, heaviness or uselessness in one or both arms. People who have had a heart attack describe feelings of discomfort, numbness or tingling in their arm(s). This discomfort may spread from your chest to your arm(s).
NAUSEA
You may feel nauseous or generally unwell while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

DIZZINESS
You may feel dizzy or light-headed while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

COLD SWEAT
You may break out in a cold sweat while experiencing other heart attack symptoms.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH
You may feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing. People who have had a heart attack describe finding it difficult to breathe or take a deep breath due to a tight or constricted feeling in their chest.

I know this is not specifically Sidecar Orientated, but it is extremely important

If you have any of these symptoms, call an ambulance immediately. ┬áThe Ambo’s are great, the emergency wards are brilliant, and I have it straight from the Horses Mouth, Everyone including the Ambo’s, Doctors and Emergency Staff, would much rather a false alarm, than have some-one die or have their heart attack cause real and permanent damage by not calling immediately.

We were lucky, and he is home safe, and will make a full recovery, but it could have been so much worse

For More Information Please Head to the Heart Foundation Website

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