Heart attack is the commonest cause of death among people above 50 years worldwide. It is the commonest cause of sudden death worldwide. It is the commonest cause of death among diabetics and hypertensives. Sudden death occurs after a heart attackwithin 30 minutes in about 50% of people.
The heart pumps blood to all parts of the body including the brain. When it stops, blood flow to the body stops resulting in a myriad of complications, including death. Heart attack can be prevented and can be avoided if one can recognize the signs and do something fast.
The most definite sign of an impending heart attack is a chest pain. The chest pain that characterises an impending heart attack usually follows exertion-typically after an exercise, running or lifting weights.
The chest pain is usually felt like a crushing heavy weight on the chest that moves to the tip of the shoulders, the back and even the abdomen. It is usually relieved by rest or a nitroglycerin spray.
It is usually accompanied by difficulty in breathing, nausea and sometimes vomitting. Sometimes, it can be felt in the middle of the trunk, making you think it’s peptic ulcer disease.
The elderly and people with diabetes usually do not have a chest pain to warn them of an impending heart attack. Which is why you should have frequent check ups and stick to your treatment plan if you are diabetic.
The most important sign of an impending heart attack is a chest pain. Do not ignore that chest pain. See your doctor immediately. It may be the difference between life and death.