According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks claim a victim approximately every 43 seconds. Because 80 percent of heart attacks occur in private, residential settings, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms. Knowing the common signs of a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death because heart attacks require immediate medical attention.
If the symptoms aren’t the chest-crushing pain that you see in the movies, then many people dismiss them as temporary illnesses such as nausea or acid reflux and will try to “power through” the symptoms. This only leads to more heart damage, or even death.
The reason people may not know they are having a heart attack is because most heart attacks start out slowly with less common warning signs such as nausea or dizziness and the person doesn’t experience chest pain. They may feel weakness or fatigue, break into a cold sweat or become very pale and think it’s just a cold or flu coming on.
Here are some of the common signs that can mean a heart attack is happening, according to the American Heart Association:
Because these aren’t classic heart attack symptoms, women may not recognize just how serious their condition is until the symptoms become more severe. By then, more heart damage has occurred and they may have waited too long to seek medical assistance to survive the attack.