Heart attack: Creeping symptoms not to ignore

The warning signs for a heart attack, can gradually or occur suddenly, but both situations are a medical emergency. Pain or discomfort in the chest – whether it is acute and intense, or light and slowly – should be taken seriously, this is the main message of a new study in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

The study showed that patients with gradually occurring symptoms waited an average of eight hours before they called for medical help. In the case of a sudden onset of symptoms, only 2.6 hours passed, however, in the cut. In the case of a heart attack, however: The faster the treatment is, the better. Physicians recommend a maximum delay of two hours, in order to achieve the best results and to avoid serious complications. Overall, the average time between the onset of symptoms and arrival in hospital amounted in the present study, four hours.

The symptoms occurred in 56% of patients abruptly, and 44 percent gradually. "Almost half of the patients had a slow start, so this is no Seltenheit", Dr. Sahereh Mirzaei of the University of Chicago said. Both men and women were looking for in the case of sudden pain faster medical help.

The symptoms of acute myocardial infarction are often nonspecific. "Chest pain, chest discomfort, and chest pressure are signs that an artery may be blocked. The symptoms can also be pain in the neck, neck, back, stomach, or shoulders, accompanied by Nausea and cold sweat, weakness, shortness of breath or anxiety. You immediately call an ambulance. The sooner you get help, the better your Prognose", Mirzaei says.

In men, the half of the sudden onset of heart was caused by attacks by a particularly serious Form, which often rise to activities such as climbing stairs, Pulling, Pushing, shoveling, heavy gardening, Running, and Jogging occurs. Men with existing heart disease or risk factors such as hypertension, Diabetes, or high cholesterol should also be aware that chest pain or discomfort after physical exertion can be a heart attack.