Heart Attack Symptoms

Overview of the Heart

The heart is a four-chambered organ responsible for circulating blood throughout the body. It is one of the most important organ necessary to sustain life. Heart, along with the arteries and veins contribute the circulatory system.

Anatomically, the average human heart weighs about 11 ounces, or 310 grams. It is no bigger than the size of a clenched fist. There are four chambers, namely, the left and right atria, and the left and right ventricles. The heart is located between the lungs, slightly to the left of the breastbone.

Heart Attack Symptoms

The technical term for a heart attack is called coronary thrombosis. Clots form inside the blood vessels of the heart, thereby, blocking the blood flow and starving the heart muscles of oxygen. As a result, the tissues of the heart begin to die. There are various heart diseases identified till now, however, one of the most common causes of death is coronary thrombosis.

Based on the location of the clot, symptoms may or may not be present, but typically, these are the common warning signs:

  1. Sudden chest pain
  2. Shooting pain in the left hand
  3. Tightness/ sensation of squeezing in the chest
  4. Breathlessness
  5. Nausea
  6. Sweating

Heart Attack Symptoms In Women

Heart attack symptoms in men and women are identical, however, women specifically experience the following:

  1. Lightheadedness
  2. Jaw and arm pain emanating from the chest
  3. Anxiety
  4. Pain/discomfort in the stomach stemming from the chest.

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