Heart disease is the leading cause of death throughout the country. According to the CDC, every year approximately 805,000 people in the United States have a heart attack. Amazingly, about 90% of people who have a heart attack today survive if they seek care as soon as they experience any symptoms.
What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
A heart attack happens when a section of your heart isn’t getting enough blood. People may experience a variety of symptoms, but some of the most common include:
- feeling weak, faint, or light-headed
- chest pain
- chest discomfort
- discomfort or pain in your back, neck or jaw
- discomfort or pain in one arm, both arms or your shoulders
- shortness of breath
- unexplained or unusual tiredness
- nausea or vomiting
Dr. Michael Gallagher, a Beaumont cardiologist explains, “The most common heart related symptoms are fairly mild. For us, it’s important to recognize that patients may experience a variety of symptoms, some more severe than others.”
Dr. Gallagher adds that the while some symptoms are mild, severe inflammation can cause more severe symptoms, in part due to COVID.
If you are experiencing any of these potentially dangerous symptoms, call 911 immediately.
When to get to the ER
A heart attack is serious and should not be left untreated. The more time that passes without getting proper treatment can cause significant damage to your heart. Prompt care can result in less damage and a faster recovery.
“The pandemic has caused patients to delay the necessary care for heart disease, including going to the ER for heart attack symptoms. We strongly recommend patients seek attention from their physician when they experience concerning heart symptoms and to know that the hospital is a safe environment to receive care,” says Dr. Gallagher.
What to do if you or someone near you is having a heart attack
Even during a pandemic, it’s important to call 911 immediately if you or someone you know may be experiencing a heart attack. Acting quickly can save a life.