What is it like to have a heart attack? Most people envision the movie version, in which you clutch your chest and collapse with little doubt of the cause. In reality, heart attacks can be much more difficult to identify. The symptoms can be subtle and non-specific, and it’s not uncommon for patients having a heart attack to be unsure if they should even seek urgent care . However, delaying heart attack treatment can be dangerous as every minute without care means the loss of more heart muscle. Get the urgent care you need if you experience any of these symptoms.
Chest pain doesn’t always mean you are having a heart attack, but as this video explains, a doctor should always diagnose the cause. Most people do experience chest pain during a heart attack. The pain can be mild or intense, constant or come and go, and feel like burning, squeezing, or pressure. Although many things can cause chest pain, it’s essential to rule a heart attack out so you don’t lose valuable treatment time.
Women in particular often feel nauseated during a heart attack. Vomiting is also possible. If you feel nauseated, consider your other symptoms. Nausea combined with chest pain, fatigue, or light-headedness could indicate that you are having a heart attack and need to be diagnosed in an ER.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is common during a heart attack. Many survivors describe the feeling of intense chest pressure that leaves them breathless. Shortness of breath should always be evaluated in the ER so that a proper diagnosis can be made, even if you are not also experiencing chest pain.
The ER at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is committed to providing patients with the urgent care they need during a heart attack. Our accredited Chest Pain Center and inpatient cardiology team offer comprehensive care for a range of heart conditions. To find out more, contact our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 880-2700.