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10 Warning Signs that you might be having a Heart Attack

My Doctor Finder
September 28, 2015

Despite of the numerous cardiovascular diseases, heart attack remains as one of the top causes of death among Filipinos. One may notice the warning signs but will definitely disregard it. Little did we know that these warning signs may increase one’s risk of having a heart attack? Here are the 10 early warning signs that may help one to recognize if they are on the brink of having this deadly condition. [1]

  • Chest discomfort
  • Tingling sensation in the chest area
  • Jaw pain, toothache and headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive sweating
  • Indigestion
  • Arm pain
  • Upper back pain

Based from the 2009 study by the Department of Health (DOH), 170,000 Filipinos die from cardiovascular diseases. It is considered as a mortality rate greater than those number of deaths during a typhoon. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked by a blood clot. If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die. [2] This condition may occur any time if left untreated. A person experiencing a heart attack won’t even know that s/he currently has the condition. Although chest pain is the most common symptom, the above said symptoms may also be present.

The heart is indeed an amazing organ that allows one to stay alive. It is about the size of a fist and is located behind and slightly left of the breastbone. The heart beats in a steady and even rhythm for about 60 to 100 times each minute. [3] The heart’s main role is to pump blood to provide the body the right amount of oxygen it requires through an array of arteries and veins called the cardiovascular system. With all the work that the heart does, it definitely makes it prone to numerous cardiovascular diseases.

Even if the symptoms above are present, some cardiovascular conditions will show no symptoms that will make it difficult for a person to identify if s/he is a candidate. The alarming rise of the number of deaths proves that a lot of people must be equipped with the basic knowledge on the proper diagnosis, treatment and even prevention of such. Remember that early diagnosis and treatment will saves lives while a delay in reaching medical assistance can be fatal. [4]

If you're at risk of acquiring any cardiovascular diseases, one may seek medical attention through a cardiologist. Here’s the list of cardiologists that may help you step by step: http://bit.ly/MyDoctorFinder_Cardiologist

Sources:
[3] “Heart Health Center” by WebMD
[2] “What is Cardiovascular Disease?” by American Heart Association
[1, 4] “12 Heart Attack Symptoms and Early Warning Signs” by MedicineNet.com