Heart attacks are serious medical emergencies that require immediate attention from a doctor. These are the seven unusual signs of a deadly heart attack that you should know about.
Heart attacks are caused by a lack of blood reaching the heart.
Without enough blood, the heart could become seriously damaged – and it may even be life-threatening.
A heart attack could also be a symptom of coronary heart disease, which is where fatty deposits build up in the arteries, which limits the amount of blood reaching the heart.
You could be at risk of a heart attack if you develop any gastrointestinal symptoms.
“Heart attacks [we call them ‘myocardial infarction’] actually tend to present themselves in a very heterogenous manner,” he told Express Health.
“While the classic symptoms are crushing [or pressure-type] retrosternal pain, it is completely not uncommon for patients to report of several other symptoms.
“The sub-populations we are especially attentive in this regard are the elderly, diabetic patients, and women.
“Some of the more common ‘atypical’ symptoms [include] gastrointestinal symptoms, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, general malaise, a feeling of impending doom, back pain, [and] heartburn.”
But just because you develop any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are having a heart attack.
The gastrointestinal symptoms, for example, could be caused by eating too much food in one go, or by having a stomach bug.
Back pain and heartburn are both very common complaints, and may be caused by a number of different conditions.
You should still speak to a doctor if you’re worried about developing any of these symptoms – especially if they last longer than a few weeks.
Meanwhile, the most common heart attack symptoms include severe chest pain, having a radiating pain in your arm, and suddenly feeling very dizzy.
You can lower your risk of a heart attack by making some small diet or lifestyle changes.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet will lower your chances of fatty deposits in your arteries.
If you think you, or someone you know, may be having a heart attack, you should dial 999 straight away and ask for an ambulance.