What are the signs of a heart attack?
– Signs of a heart attack vary. At one, they can be
very sudden and obvious, and two, they can be
very subtle and discrete. So you can present with
crushing chest pain radiating to your arm, your jaw, associated with shortness of breath, with sweatiness, lightheadedness,
nausea and vomiting. It could be very obvious. Other ways it can be less obvious. You can just have excessive fatigue, you can feel more short of breath doing your normal activities. You can feel nausea or bloating, which brings to the point
every patient’s different and females and males can
have different symptoms. Females have been found to
have more atypical symptoms of chest pain or heart attack symptoms. For them it could just be
fatigue or epigastric pain, which they think is reflux. Or they could be nauseous. They could be more short of breath just going up the stairs
that they do at work. So it can be a little
more subtle in females. Diabetics are the one
population where we say sometimes they can not get any symptoms, so they can be asymptomatic and still have some
signs of a heart attack. Diabetics are a population
that we try to be really conscientious about screening despite obvious symptoms.