Why do People Ignore Heart Attack Warnings?

There have been several articles recently on how we get a much bigger warning about heart attacks than we previously thought, but that doesn’t force people to report or even be aware of their heart attack warning, so why are we so disinclined to acknowledge the warnings we get about our health? There are a number of factors, spanning from cultural traits to lack of information. Here are some of the top reasons, along with some tips on how to spot a heart attack way before it happens.

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There’s a certain politeness or indirectness that comes with the British attitude, and that means that a lot of the smaller and more subtle signs are ignored when they come way before a heart attack actually happens.

What are those subtle signs?

People don’t always realise how important it is to notice these, but only twenty five percent of heart attack victims don’t have any symptoms.

  • Any sort of irregular heartbeat is a massive give away and should be checked immediately. Whether it’s an unusually rapid beat, skipped beats or any other variations from the norm, you should get it checked out.
  • Stomach problems are less obvious but also a good indicator. Indigestion, stomach ache and nausea can be a sign of problems with your cardiovascular system. Seek help, especially if these problems come from exercising.
  • Anxiety and Insomnia can be triggered by strange heart behaviour and are often dismissed as being a different problem, despite studies showing a strong correlation between reported anxiety and heart problems.
  • An incredibly high percent of women who have heart attacks mention fatigue in the weeks before the incident. A big sign that it’s not just you being tired is that the fatigue comes on for no particular reason. If you’ve just been doing some strenuous exercise then it’s okay to feel tired, if not, ask yourself why.
  • We all know that pain in the left upper arm is a potential sign of heart problems, but that can extend to pain in the neck, shoulder or jaw come from damaged arteries and heart tissue.
  • Difficulty breathing is the last big symptom. People tend to report this (as breathing is pretty important however you look at it) but not necessarily because they think it’s a heart issue.

Which of these is an emergency?

If you do notice these then the next question is how urgent any of these are. The answer is that all of them require you to report them as soon as possible. If you have a family history of heart problems or you receive care at home support, then you’ll probably have been made aware of these issues, so there’s no excuse for not reporting them to your GP. If you notice any heightened pain and think a heart attack is about to happen then call an ambulance immediately.

Disclosure: This is a guest post

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