Specialists list a few of the early warning signs of a heart attack. A new study was developed where scientists have analyzed all heart attack admissions which occurred between 2006 and 2010. Researchers from the Imperial College London revealed that 16% of patients who died were hospitalized in the previous 28 days. Some of them had experienced warning signs, such as chest pains.
- Specialists indicate that it is useful that everybody should know the main signs of a heart attack.
- Heart diseases are listed among the first death causes in America.
- Researchers suggested that the most common symptoms are chest pains and shortness of breath.
The British Heart Foundation declared that the results of the research are concerning. The authors of the study from the School of Public Health at Imperial College noted that further analysis is needed. Researchers have presented some cases of patients who found it hard to figure out that they were experiencing heart problems.
For instance, Alison Fillingham, a 49-year-old nurse was working when she suddenly felt a chronic pain in her collarbone and neck. Despite these symptoms, she decided to continue her rounds. After a while, when she noticed that the pain wouldn’t go away, she asked for the help of one of her colleagues. Alison was said to experience a panic attack, and an ambulance reached there right away.
When she got to the hospital, after being tested, specialists indicated that she experienced a heart attack. Alison argued that she works as a nurse for 24 years, but she has never suspected that she may suffer some heart problems. The woman also pointed out that the symptoms she felt were not at all typical. Usually, when someone suffers from a heart attack, he or she experiences central chest aches.
She did not experience such symptoms and, thus, the paramedics did not feel pressured or urges to give her care. If doctors did not correctly diagnose her with a heart attack, then her artery would have blocked, and she might have been dead. Last year, Alison underwent surgery which implied a coronary artery bypass. She is now feeling better.
She was always an active and a healthy person. She could not explain the source of the heart attack. The new research was published in the Lancet magazine. The study comprised the hospital records of approximately 135,950 death patients in England due to heart attacks which were registered in the past four years. The records indicate whether the person was hospitalized in the previous four weeks before the heart attack, looking for signs or symptoms. The list of common symptoms includes wheezing, coughing, an overwhelming sense of anxiety, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, chest pain and pain which travels in jaw, neck, back and abdomen.
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