Symptoms of a heart attack can easily be mistaken for signs of a less serious condition. It’s easy to overlook these symptoms.
However, no symptom that could possibly indicate a cardiac arrest should be ignored.
“Chest pressure, chills, dizziness or nausea can all be dismissed as simple heartburn or a dizzy spell,” said Cardiologist Manish Dadhania, MD, FACC. “Other symptoms like pain radiating down the arms, back or neck, and shortness of breath are more recognizable, but any symptom should constitute a visit to the doctor or emergency department.”
When symptoms are ignored, a heart attack can be a patient’s first realization of heart disease.
Heredity can also contribute to cardiopulmonary issues. Anyone who has a relative with heart problems should be evaluated often.
“Contributing factors such as high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels don’t always have symptoms,” said Dr. Dadhania. “But there are signs such as arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat that can cause symptoms similar to those of a heart attack.”
Pay attention to symptoms such as:
- Fainting or near-fainting spells
- A fast heartbeat
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- A fluttering feeling in the chest
Any of these symptoms is a sign to get to the doctor or ED immediately.
Maintaining healthy weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, as well as keeping a positive outlook on life, can help ward off heart problems.
A report by the American College of Cardiology says behavior is a key factor to cardiovascular health.
“Happy people are more likely to exercise and eat healthy,” said Dr. Dadhania. “Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can result in a healthier body mass index, therefore reducing the chance of developing heart issues.”
If you experience symptoms of heart failure or heart attack, please get to the nearest emergency department immediately.
Dr. Dadhania practices at 66 East Ave. in Woodstown with Cardiologist Travante Cartwright, MD, FACC. To make a cardiology appointment, call 856-935-6700.