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Signs & Symptoms of a Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to your heart is completely or partially cut off, thus reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to other parts of the body. In most cases, it might cause permanent damages or even death. Along with other heart conditions such as strokes, coronary heart disease, and heart failure, this is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Elderly people with severe cardiovascular problems are often at the highest risk. Make sure to seek immediate medical attention if you notice the following 10 signs of a heart attack.

Chest Pain or Discomfort

Chest pain or discomfort, particularly on the left side of your heart, is by far the most common symptom of an impending heart attack. It is mainly triggered by the death of muscle cells in your heart. Strain and tightness on these areas could often be so painful that it might spread to your upper torso around the shoulder. This is also known as angina, which is directly related to the interrupted and irregular blood flow to your heart. Since this is an obvious indication of heart disease, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible. [1]