Heart attacks come in all sizes, from minor to major, and the symptoms of a pending heart attack can be deceiving in many cases. Some symptoms of a pending heart attack may have been showing up for quite a while and were ignored as something else.
Pending heart attack symptoms mask themselves as indigestion, being overworked and tired all the time, and taking naps several times a day.
During a real heart attack, you may feel feverish, have a nauseous sick feeling, shortness of breath, labored breathing, sweating, tingling in arms, chest pain, heaviness in the chest area like someone is pushing on your chest and various other indications.
Your life may depend on you making the right decision within minutes, is what you are feeling a heart attack... as quick response time in calling for help... 911... could be the determining factor that saves your life. It's better to be wrong than to be right and not get help on the way ASAP!
One of the major causes of a heart attack is the restriction of blood flow to the heart muscle, which causes any number of symptoms. But the bottom line is, how severe is your heart attack. That will in many ways determine what symptoms you experience. The more severe the blockage, the more severe the heart attack symptoms in most cases. The blockage may occur due to a blood clot, or material buildup inside the artery walls that breaks loose.
Many hospitals are not fully equipped to deal with heart attack victims and will transfer the patient by air to a hospital or medical center with a heart attack specialist who can determine how bad it was, and one who has the skill to repair the damage caused by the heart attack.
The quicker the blood flow to the heart muscle is restored, the better your chance for a complete recovery from your heart attack.