Experiencing a heart attack will always put someone’s life at risk. A heart attack could also be associated with hypertension or high blood pressure.
KAMI learned that comedians like "Chokoleit", "Bentong", and Joy Viado passed away due to a heart attack and some complications.
In a previous report by KAMI, Chokoleit or Jonathan Garcia died at the age of 46 after his performance in Abra. During his production number, it was seen that Chokoleit had been having a hard time catching his breath. The late comedian then succumbed to pulmonary edema and heart attack last Sunday.
While some heart attacks happen suddenly and do not show clear warnings, there are still early signs that could indicate a heart attack. Here are 7 symptoms of heart attack or failure that you should not ignore, as reported by the WebMD:
1. Chest discomfort
If a person experiences a blocked artery, he or she is likely to feel a sudden tightness or pressure in the chest. However, it is important to note that a heart attack can still occur even without chest pain.
2. Stomach pain, nausea, indigestion, or heartburn
Some may experience an upset stomach or even vomit prior to or during a heart attack. This symptom is most likely to occur to women.
3. Pain that spreads to the arm
Most of the time, the pain starts from the chest and then it spreads to the left extremities of the body.
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4. Dizziness or lightheaded
A person may also experience dizziness when a heart attack will occur. This may attribute to the sudden drop of blood pressure when the heart can no longer pump properly.
Although snoring may be normal when sleeping, but a loud snore or choking may be a symptom of sleep apnea that can cause hypertension, stroke, or heart failure.
Sudden breaking out in a cold sweat could be a warning for a heart attack as well.
7. Shortness of breath
Experiencing shortness of breath can also happen even without the chest discomfort. This usually happens when there are problems transporting oxygen to the body and removing carbon dioxide.
Dr. Deborah Ona of the Philippine Society of Hypertension reminded everyone to monitor their blood pressure and she described hypertension as a “walking time bomb,” as reported by the Philippine Star (author Jan Milo Severo).
“Hypertension or high blood pressure is a walking time bomb because most of the patients don’t really have symptoms. Some of them develop symptoms and they are in the emergency room already, they have a stroke or heart attack because they don’t know what their BP is,” Dr. Ona said.
It is important to consult a doctor once you experience difficulty in breathing or experience any symptom of heart failure.
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