Most people envision heart attacks as unmistakable emergencies that occur
with intense chest pain. In reality, a heart attack can be much more subtle,
and failing to recognize the symptoms could cause some people to delay
emergency care. Learning the subtler symptoms of a heart attack could save your life
or the life of someone you love. Commit these symptoms to memory and seek
emergency care if they occur.
Many people feel exhausted most of the time, but when a heart problem
is developing, the fatigue can become extreme. If you experience a dramatic
increase in the amount of fatigue you are feeling, then consider seeing
your doctor or going to the hospital. Look for signs like feeling fatigued
even when you aren’t being active and getting exhausted after doing
everyday activities, like making your bed. Note that many people who experience
fatigue before a heart attack may also experience sleep disturbances and
struggle to rest even when they are exhausted.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is never normal and should always be evaluated by
a doctor. In some cases, becoming short of breath, especially when you
lay down, could indicate a problem with your heart. If you suddenly become
short of breath without being active or notice a marked decline in your
exercise tolerance, consider seeing your doctor. Before a heart attack,
many people also report sweating and feeling clammy for no reason.
Neck, Jaw, and Back Pain
Chest pain isn’t always the first kind of pain that occurs with
a heart attack. In fact, some people, especially women, have heart attacks
without experiencing chest pain at all. For these people, neck, jaw, and
back pain may indicate a heart problem. If you have discomfort in these
areas that gets worse when you are active and eases up while you rest,
consider making an appointment with your doctor.
Any time you experience heart attack symptoms, go to
Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center for emergency care. Our ER diagnoses and treats heart attacks quickly
for the best possible patient outcomes. To learn more about emergency
care in Las Vegas or other hospital services, please call (702) 880-2700.