Coronary Heart Disease (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
Call your health care provider if you notice any of the following symptoms, which suggest angina:
- Chest pain, pressure or feeling of indigestion after physical exertion, which may or may not be relieved by rest
- Shoulder or arm pain involving left, right, or both sides during physical or mentally stressful activity
- Jaw pain, unexplained by another cause, like a sore
- Shortness of breath after exertion or walking uphill
- Fainting spell
- Pain in the upper part of your abdomen
- Unexplained nausea, vomiting, or sweating
- Palpitations or dizziness
Call 911 or have someone take you immediately to a hospital emergency department if you have signs of a heart attack.
- The most crucial factor is time. Each year, thousands of Americans die because they do not seek medical attention quickly.
- Err on the side of caution and go to the hospital.
- This may prove to be the difference between life and death.
The most common symptoms of heart attack include the following:
- Unremitting or prolonged chest pain, chest pressure, or a feeling like heartburn
- Shoulder or arm pains (left or right) or upper abdominal pain that won't go away
- Shortness of breath after minimal activity or while resting
- Blackout spells
- Unexplained profuse sweating with or without nausea or vomiting
- Frequent chest pain or discomfort at rest
Vibhuti N Singh, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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