A heart attack can present symptoms days before a big attack. What’s the sign in the stomach that could indicate you are at risk of the condition taking place?
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) states: “Discomfort or pain in the stomach area can be experienced before and during a heart attack.”
The charity compares the sensation to indigestion – medically known as dyspepsia.
According to the NHS, indigestion can cause somebody to feel sick.
This rings true for another symptom of a heart attack outlined by the BHF.
The BHF adds that “feeling nauseous or actually being sick can be a symptom of a heart attack.”
Moreover, the NHS highlight that indigestion has the following symptoms:
- Feeling full and bloated
- Belching and farting
- Bringing up food or bitter tasting fluids
Heartburn is a painful feeling in the chest, and chest pain is also an indication of a heart attack.
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The BHF states: “You might have pain or discomfort in your chest that suddenly comes on and doesn’t go away.
“It could feel like tightness, pressure, squeezing or heaviness.”
So how can you tell the difference between indigestion and symptoms of a heart attack.
Well, according to the NHS, indigestion symptoms appear after eating or drinking.
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And the national health body adds that a stomach ache isn’t usually a symptom of indigestion.
What are the other warning signs of a heart attack?
The BHF explains that back pain is one symptom, while another is feeling light-headed.
Light-headedness is described as feeling as though you’re “going to pass out and your head is spinning”.
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Pain may also travel from the chest to either arms, the jaw and neck area.
The pain in the jaw and neck area can feel like pressure or a toothache.
And some people may experience breathlessness. This is when you “feel like you can’t catch your breath”, explains the BHF.
This symptom may come about when doing simple, non-strenuous activities.
The longer a heart attack is left unmanaged, the more of the heart muscle that can die.
Symptoms of a heart attack is a medical emergency, and 999 must be called immediately.
Yes, the pain may not be excruciating, in fact it may not even register as pain to some people, but it does require medical attention.
While waiting for an ambulance, it’s advised to chew on aspirin if available nearby and to try to remain calm.