Did you know you could have a heart attack without feeling any chest pain? Heart failure and heart disease don’t show the same signs for everyone, especially women. The heart is a muscle that contracts to pump blood to the body. A heart attack occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. When there isn’t enough blood flowing to your heart muscle, the affected part can get damaged or die. This is often called a myocardial infarction which is dangerous and sometimes deadly needs immediate attention by a with fully equipped
Some people don’t describe chest pain as pain at all. Instead, they may say they felt chest tightness or squeezing. Sometimes this discomfort can seem bad for a few minutes and then go away. Sometimes the discomfort comes back hours or even a day later. These could all be signs your heart muscle isn’t getting enough oxygen.
If you think you are having a heart attack, you or someone nearby should call emergency services immediately. It is unsafe to drive yourself to the hospital during a heart attack, so get a ride or call an ambulance. While you may feel awake and alert enough to drive, the chest pain could get so severe that you may have trouble breathing or difficulty thinking clearly.
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