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Warning Signs Of Heart Attack Everyone Must Know!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

It is very saddening to learn about the loss of young people due to manageable (in most cases) conditions like heart attacks. When in doubt, one must consult a doctor and get yourself examined. It is always better to be safe than sorry -says Dr. Saurabh Deshpande, a senior cardiologist from Mumbai.


Lack of awareness about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack becomes the prime reason behind the delay in treatment or even death in many patients. Read on the following signs and symptoms that a person experiencing a heart attack may feel-

Pain in the arm, shoulders, jaw, neck, back and especially on one side of the body.

  Tightness / pain /discomfort in chest

Sweating for no apparent reason

Lightheadedness

 Shortness of breath

 Fatigue

 Blurry vision

 Palpitations

 Coughing

 Headache 

 Nausea or Vomiting

  Indigestion or bloating 

What should be done in case a person experiences one or more of the above mentioned symptoms:

Do’sDont’s
Visit the nearest hospital without delay.Do not waste time on home remedies
If you are a known patient of heart disease and your doctor has given you some medicines for emergency use, consult the doctor on phone and immediately take the prescribed medicines and then rush to the hospital.Do not try to self medicate 
Try to keep yourself calm and relaxed but act fast.Do not engage in exercises or walking to comfort the uneasiness

Can a person reduce the risk of a heart attack?

One can opt for healthy diet and lifestyle choices to keep his/her heart-healthy. Here are a few tips to follow:

Say no to smoking and alcohol.

Monitor your blood pressure levels regularly. 

Reduce the consumption of packaged, deep-fried and processed foods and choose a healthy and balanced diet.

Monitor your blood glucose levels to keep diabetes and other blood sugar related complications at bay.

Stay active and do a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise regularly.

Manage your stress and anxiety

Maintain your body weight in a healthy range.

Get regular health checkups done.

It is important to spread awareness about the signs of heart attack and the necessity to visit a hospital without delay to minimise the unexpected deaths due to unidentified symptoms of a heart attack. With the right knowledge and healthy lifestyle choices, we can create a healthier and happier world together.

This article is written by Dr. Nikita Toshi and reviewed by Dr. Saurabh Deshpande MBBS, MD, DM (Cardiology)

Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

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