Immediate medical assistance is required if you think that you are having an attack. The classic signs of heart attacks are chest pains, often described as a tight ache or squeezing / crushing feeling in the center of the chest. This pain can extend through the shoulder and down the arms, up through the neck and into the face, especially the lower jaw area.
Other symptoms include anxiety and panic attack, this normally brings on a feeling that you can not breath, you break out into a cold sweat, feel lightheaded and often feel sick or start vomiting. An attack usually lasts for between thirty seconds and up to fifteen minutes. However, symptoms similar to those experienced during a heart attack can be caused by indigestion or muscle pain. With any chest pains it is best to get yourself checked out by your doctor.
Angina pains can also be mistaken for signs of heart attacks. The pains from an angina attack are caused by the lack of oxygen to the heart muscle. This is often caused by what is known as arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is the narrowing of the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart muscles. Angina pains can be brought on by many everyday situations, even eating a big meal or going out into the cold can be enough to put the heart muscles under stain and without sufficient oxygen supply you will get pain. Any situation that involves making your heart work harder can trigger an angina attack.
Angina is not in itself fatal but is a indicator that further heart and circulatory problems could be waiting just around the corner, including a much greater risk of having a full blown attack in the future. The risk of contracting angina is greatly increased in people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking tobacco and in those people who take little exercise and are over weight. Even eating too much salt can cause the onset of angina. This is a sign that you may be at risk of a fatal attack in the future.
New research has shown that you can have a heart attack and not get any pain. It is thought that the damage caused in this type of attack is even more extensive than painful attacks. Either way, any suspicion you may have heart problems is worth checking out by your medical professional who will be able to recognize the Signs of Heart Attacks.