Unlike the heart attacks that we see in the movies, where a man gasps and holds his chest and finally falls on the ground - in reality most heart attacks start slowly and may cause slight discomfort and mild pain.
The symptoms of heart attack can be mild to severe and they vary from person to person. Many of us think that the characteristic symptom of heart attack is chest pain, but sixteen percent of the patients don't experience this symptom and women are less likely to have chest pain as a symptom of heart attack.
There are many other symptoms of a heart attack, but it is difficult for untrained or ignorant individual to relate these symptoms with heart attack. But when you come to know that the symptoms are signaling a heart attack then it is better to take medical help as soon as possible. The sooner you are provided with medical treatment, the brighter are chances of survival. Don't think for more than five minutes if you think that the symptoms are associated with a heart attack.
Some of the most important symptoms of a heart attack are:
Indigestion – this is one of the most overlooked sign of a heart attack, and it can include nausea and stomach pain. This symptom is more common in women and adults above 60 yrs of age.
Neck or shoulder pain – a pinching pain in the jaw, ear, neck and shoulder can be a symptom of heart attack. The pain may feel like traveling from jaws, ears and shoulders. This pain does not persist for longer time but it comes and goes. If you feel that your pain is radiating up and down then you need immediate attention of a doctor.
Sexual dysfunction - the problem with erection is common in men with cardiac problem.
Fatigue or exhaustion - if you are an energetic person but you are suddenly feeling very tired and lie flat on your bed, then it is fatigue associated with a cardiac problem.
Breathlessness and dizziness.