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What Does A Heart Attack Really Feel Like

What Does A Heart Attack Really Feel Like

What are the real signs and symptoms of a heart attack?

A new survey from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that four out of ten people get their information about heart attacks from Hollywood movies or TV dramas.

This would be a wonderful public education tool – if the fictionalized versions were accurate. Sadly, says the BHF, they are not.

heart attack What Does A Heart Attack Really Feel Like

The “Hollywood heart attack” is dangerously misleading and because of it, many of us ignore the real symptoms until it is too late.

In an effort to increase public awareness, the BHF screened a two-minute film called ‘Watch Your Own Heart Attack’ aired in August.

“The heart attacks you see on TV and in the movies aren’t what many of us actually experience,.
“People need to understand the true story.” says David Baker of the BHF.”

The Hollywood heart attack is often depicted by a character clutching their chest prior to a dramatic collapse.

But in reality, symptoms can be very different and many ignore these tell tale signs.

Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort/pain – This can feel as harmless as pressure or a tight ache squeezing the center of the chest. This discomfort may come and go but episodes commonly last more than a few minutes.
  • Upper body pain – It is not uncommon that your chest pain or discomfort spreads beyond your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may experience pain in these regions without having discomfort in your chest.
  • Stomach Pain – Pain may extend down into your abdominal area, this can feel similar to heartburn.
  • Shortness of Breath – You may pant for breath or try to take in deep breaths. This often occurs before you develop chest discomfort.
  • Anxiety – Feeling anxious or having a panic attack for no apparent reason is another tell-tale sign of a heart attack.
  • Nausea and vomiting – It is possible you may start to feel sick and vomit.
  • Lightheadedness – You may begin to feel dizzy or feel like you might pass out.
  • Sweating – Sudden outbreaks of sweat, or cold clammy skin is also associated with heart attacks.

Although symptoms vary widely between people, there is one thing that applies to everyone,

“If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, call for emergency medical help immediately. Don’t waste time trying to diagnose the symptoms yourself.”


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