Last week I talked about some common heart attack symptoms in women. While men may experience some of those same symptoms, more often than not, heart attacks manifest differently for them. Since early intervention is so important and can save a life, it’s equally as important to be aware of common heart attack symptoms in men. While someone experiencing a cardiac episode may not have all of these symptoms, here are some that are more common.
Common Heart Attack Symptoms in Men
These symptoms are more likely to be in men who are experiencing a heart attack, but keep in mind that women may have them too:
This might be characterized as tightness in the chest and is what people most often think about when they hear heart attack symptoms. People often report that it feels like something heavy was sitting on their chest.
For some people, a heart attack manifests as pain and/or a burning sensation. It usually starts at the center of the chest and may or may not radiate to other parts of the body. Some people also report that it sometimes goes away and then comes back.
Feeling pain in the left side of the neck? Pain in the left side can sometimes be due to clogged arteries. People often report that they thought they had just pulled a muscle when they were, in fact, experiencing a heart attack.
Sudden jaw pain is one of the symptoms that’s associated with heart problems. It often comes on for no reason and produces significant discomfort.
It’s sometimes hard to distinguish heart attack symptoms from acid reflux/heart burn or stomach aches, but if you have severe unexplained stomach pain toward the top of your stomach (close to your heart) it can be a sign of heart attack. It’s better to have it checked out!
Numbness, tingling, and pain radiating down the arm can be a sign of a heart attack.
Upper back pain and shoulder pain can sometimes be a sign of heart attack. Any sudden onset of back pain should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Shortness of Breath
If you or someone you know is having difficulty catching their breath while doing normal activities and/or even at rest, don’t delay in calling 911. Any shortness of breath is a serious issue!
Some people experience vomiting and nausea during a heart attack, but mistakenly think it’s the flu. If you have nausea with any of the other symptoms – especially pressure or pain in your chest – call 911.
Sweating, Clamminess, or Pallor
If you suddenly start sweating, get cold and clammy, or lose color, consider it an emergency and get help immediately.
Heart attacks are nothing to mess around with. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, especially if they come on suddenly and there’s more than one of them, have the person sit down while you immediately call 911. While it may not be a heart attack, it’s best to be safe and get immediate medical attention.
Stay safe, friends!
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