Still one of the main causes of death in the UK, regular symptoms of a heart attack can include: chest pain; feeling lightheaded; sweating; shortness of breath; and vomiting. Some people experience mild pain similar to indigestion, even though chest pain can be severe.
Sometimes, the chest may be painless, particularly in older adults, women and those with diabetes. It is difficult to spot signs of heart attacks early.
However, it is not the specific symptoms alone that will determine if you have a heart attack. You may not be aware that older adults can have symptoms similar to a heart attack.
Harvard Medical School (HMS), a recent study, found that nearly half of heart attacks are not recognized by the patient.
Silent heart attacks can only be diagnosed when the electrical activity of the heart is recorded (an electrocardiogram or ECG), or other test shows evidence.
Untreated heart attacks can lead to irreversible damage or even death. __S.10__
HMS researchers are trying to find out what causes silent heart attacks. A recent study has suggested that this could be due to a greater tolerance for pain than average. Others mistakenly believe their symptoms are caused by indigestion and muscle pain. __S.13__
Others may still feel some pain in their upper bodies, though not the center of their chest. This is often ignored. One in four heart attacks could present with unusual symptoms, which can be easily ignored or mistaken for another disorder. __S.16__
A study done in the USA urged people to look for signs of a heart attack early on, before it becomes too severe.
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Light Discomfort in your Chest
Heart attacks don’t always present with severe chest pain. Harvard Medical School says that only about half of all heart attacks are this type.
You might experience mild discomfort, pressure or tightness in your chest. __S.24__
Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield is the head of the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s vascular medicine section. He said that chest pain, which can be a classic sign of heart attacks, only occurs about half the time.
Some people describe symptoms of heart attacks as feeling chest pain or pressure. Others feel a crushing sensation, or an intense ache, similar to toothache.
Some people may be less sensitive than others to pain, while other people might deny the pain or leave it untreated.
However, not everyone can feel their pain. There are many other factors, such as how you feel, that may affect your perception of pain. __S.30__
A person with diabetes might be more sensitive to pain than someone without it. This is called diabetic neuropathy.
The location of pain during a heart attack can vary from one person to the next. Doctor Rosenfield explains.
Publication Date: Mon, 13 Sept 2021 at 08:05:00 +0000