Home Health Aides
When it comes to carrying a heavy load, our heart seems to take the metaphorical cake! This hardworking organ is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body, dispersing oxygen and other necessary nutrients, as well as maintaining blood pressure.
Thus, to protect this organ, it’s imperative to be aware of the signs of a heart attack. This is especially true for elderly individuals, who are more prone to heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 50% of Americans suffering from cardiovascular diseases are 60 years or older.
Thus, if you are the caregiver of an aging loved one, a home health aide in Boynton Beach, or simply someone who wants to monitor their health through their golden years, it’s important to know the signs of a heart attack. The following will explore four symptoms of heart attacks.
- Chest Discomfort
This is the symptom that we’re probably most aware of: the feeling in your chest that something is awry. If you are suffering from CVD, you could have a blocked artery. This manifests in a ‘tightness’ in the chest, shortness of breath, and a pain throughout the upper area.
- Extending Arm Pain
If you find that you are suffering a pain that extends entirely down the left arm, this is a sign of a heart attack. For men, this tends to manifest as a severe pain that works in tandem with the chest tightness. For women, this pain can be less pronounced, and extend outwards towards the back or abdomen.
- Upset Stomach
Another symptom to be aware of is the all-encompassing upset stomach. This can manifest as indigestion, nausea, stomach pain, or heartburn. An upset stomach caused by a heart attack occurs due to the stomach’s proximity to the heart. The interrupted blood flow can cause pain in the chest, which can easily spread to the lower organ.
- Unexplained Weakness/Fatigue
A silent symptom to be on the lookout for is an unexplained feeling of weakness or fatigue. If you have suffered a heart attack, this means that your circulatory system is not efficiently dispersing oxygen to your body. Without a healthy supply of oxygen, we go into “low power mode”; this means we operate at lower effectiveness to accommodate the lack of oxygen.
Thus, any signs of excessive fatigue could be a sign to seek medical attention.